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County Officials turn over dirt to break ground on the new Will County Public Health Facility

County Officials turn over dirt to break ground on the new Will County Public Health Facility

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Construction begins on new Health Department building

The structure will replace 100-year-old facility built as TB Sanatorium

Joliet – The Will County Board broke ground on a new 60,000 square foot building for the Will County Health Department (WCHD). The new facility will replace a century old building that the Health Department has operated out of since the 1940’s and which can no longer adequately serve the needs of county residents. “This is a major improvement for public health in Will County,” said County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “The County Board has worked with County Executive Walsh and Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek to make sure that residents can easily access the services that they need in one place.” The new WCHD building will be built adjacent to the existing building which will be demolished once the new facility is completed. The new health department space will be tailored to providing services like behavioral health, family health services including women, infant and children (WIC) programs, and environmental health. The building will also house administrative offices and the Will County TB Clinic.