Lamar County Health Department Has Ribbon Cutting At New Location
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Lamar County is a thriving community full of life! On April 4, 2013 the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce gathered in celebration of local health. An official ribbon cutting was slated to take place for the new location of the Paris Lamar County Health Department & WIC Services at 400 W. Sherman. Supporters from all from all over the area toured the new facility in awe of the warm and spacious environment. We spoke with several of the staff & nurses about the building and as Laura Smith gave us & News 12 the grand tour she commented that she loves having her own office, the clients have a kid friendly waiting room. The WIC office is now conveniently sharing the enormous building with the Health Department which makes it so much easier on current and expecting mothers. The friendly & highly educated team is ready to help with everything from breast feeding instruction & nutrition to medical exams & counseling. Multi-language translators are on staff insuring that each patient is provided the best care possible. Steven Gerald blessed the building with prayer as everyone circled around. Several stories were shared about the old facility. Melissa Cook presented the official Eiffel Tower pin to Executive Director Gina Prestridge. Mrs. Prestridge, originally from Oklahoma, now resides in Paris Texas and she has put her heart into the all new Health Department. As she spoke, and thanked every one of the staff involved, she mentioned a few ladies that have been on staff for over 20 years. She came to tears when she said “We would not be here without Andy Baskins”. After a moving moment of words, everyone gathered around for the official ribbon cutting and with a couple of snips, both ends fell and now the rest will be health history in Lamar County.
Special compliments to Ashley Bryan for her artwork that was displayed throughout the building. For more information about Paris Lamar County Health Department & WIC Services please call (903) 785-4561 or (903) 785-1411
WE ARE COMMUNITY!
Photos by Robbie Gunn