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New public health office to open soon

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By Katy Korkos

The finishing touches are being applied to the county’s new public health office in part of what was once Ed’s Market on Diamond Drive. Crews are getting the offices, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab ready for the March 1 move from the office’s basement location in Los Alamos Medical Center. The old grocery store has been completely remodeled by owners Don Duke and Jerry Mosher, using the design of Albuquerque architect Claudio Vigil.County councilors were given a sneak preview of the 2,470-square-foot space on Friday, with a guided tour hosted by nurse manager Megan Pfeffer and the county management analyst Libby Carlsten. Carlsten, who acted as project manager on the renovation, told councilors that there were several reasons for the county to provide new space for the public health office. “The old public health office had become too small,” Carlsten said. “The pharmacy was inadequate, and we now have a secure pharmacy.”She said now the hallways are ADA-compliant, and added, “The construction crew has been great to work with, and the Department of Public Works was a big help.”Carlsten said that the facility will be leased at a cost of $16.50 per square foot, and that every square foot of space was badly needed by the public health office. “We made them justify every square foot,” Carlsten said.The lease will be coming to council for approval in March. Also included in the new space is a provision for a new office for the county’s indigent health care financing office. Carlsten said New Mexico statutes mandate the county provide clinic and office space, but that staffing, furnishings and equipment are not provided by the county.“I think this is a very nice facility and you’ve done a nice job,” said Councilor Nona Bowman.Pfeffer told the councilors that the on-site lab would be able to perform hemoglobin, glucose and pregnancy tests, while other tests would be sent out. She said she was looking forward to being in a lighter and warmer space, with easier public access.Also slated for a March 1 opening is the new Bikram Yoga studio on the south side of the building. The bright and airy rooms will become the home of a type of yoga that is practiced in very hot rooms, between 100 and 105 degrees. Jeff and Melissa Theesfeld, who have lived in Los Alamos for four years, own the business. Melissa, a certified yoga instructor, will operate the studio and teach classes.