Morgan Health Agency moves to new, larger home in Jacksonville

The countdown is on for the relocation of the Morgan County Health Department to a new location.

The agency announced Monday that it will begin offering services at 425 E. State St. on June 1.

Its existing facility at 345 W. State St. will be closed May 25-31 to accommodate the move, according to the health department.

The agency had been looking for a new home for some time and in 2016 purchased approximately 2 acres of land on Westgate and West Lafayette Avenues.

There was no construction schedule, but Health Department Administrator Dale Bainter told the Journal-Courier at the time that space was coming at a premium.

The existing site in central Morgan County is approximately 6,000 square feet. It shares space with other county departments.

The closure of MacMurray College in May 2020 presented an unexpected opportunity. When the college buildings were auctioned, the Morgan County Health Department was able to purchase the former Putnam Center for Fine Arts building at East State Street and North Clay Avenue.

Bainter said the cost of $375,000 was well below what would have been needed for a new building.

“It’s a wonderful size and layout and it was built to a standard and quality that would be difficult for the health department to afford in today’s construction climate,” Bainter told the Journal-Courier in April 2021. “I am thrilled to bring access to essential services needed east of downtown.

The Ministry of Health will make the move in time to mark its centenary.

The Morgan County Health Department was organized in May 1922 and opened on July 3, 1922. It was the first full-time county health department in Illinois and was established with a budget of 10 $000 through contributions from the Rockefeller Foundation, state, county, and city. , according to the agency’s history.

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