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Grand Opening Held For New Public Health Center In Nashville

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Grand Opening Held For New Public Health Center In Nashville

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Jul 30, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A grand opening was held Wednesday morning for the new Lentz Public Health Center in Nashville.

Mayor Karl Dean along with Metro Public Health officials cut the ribbon at the 106,000 square-foot facility located at 2500 Charlotte Pike.

The facility, developed in agreement with HCA, replaces the original Lentz Public Health Center on 23rd Avenue North, which was built in the late 1950s.

“We are known as the Silicon Valley of healthcare, so it is fitting that Nashville now has a state-of-the-art public health center designed with features that support sustainability and promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles,” Mayor Dean said. “This new location will help revitalize this stretch of Charlotte Avenue and generate economic development opportunities, while also offering better accessibility with sidewalks, a bus stop and a B-cycle kiosk. I want to say a special word of thanks to HCA for their assistance in making this public-private partnership a success.”

Tours were held to show off the new health center, which has nearly double the number of exam rooms in the preventative health clinic and a demonstration kitchen on the first level.

The new dental clinic has an open bay design and an X-ray suite for more efficient patient flow.

More than 300 employees will work at the facility, which has features that promote sustainability and aims to increase access to health services.

It was designed and built to pursue LEED Silver Certification.

“Renovating the old Lentz building had been discussed for more than 10 years, and I appreciate Mayor Dean for recognizing the value of a new, first-class facility for our city and our citizens,” said Bill Paul, M.D., Director of Health for the Metro Public Health Department. “More than 300 Health Department employees have moved into the new building and will continue to carry on a long tradition of providing public health services for a healthier Nashville.”

The building is located on a dedicated bus line and features a B-cycle kiosk. It also includes indoor and outdoor walking tracks.

It also features two new pieces of public art designed to enhance the health features of the building.

As part of the agreement with HCA, the city gave them ownership of the old Lentz property.