Helen Ross McNabb is moving into a bigger location less than a mile away from its current home.
Jerry Vagnier, vice president for operations, said Helen Ross McNabb will have a ribbon cutting for its new facility in New Midland Plaza on Nov. 4.
“We’ve been on Home Avenue four years. It was a small building, and we got some additional funding for children services. We needed more space, and when we got that funding, we thought it would be a good time to add adult services as well out of the new location,” he said.
Vagnier said Helen Ross McNabb was able to negotiate a lease with what was Baptist Senior Health Services.
“They had a lease, and now we have a sublease,” he said. “We’re basically doubling children’s services and offering adult outpatient service. We’re very excited about it.”
The vice president of operations said planners would have liked to have started offering adult services before now but they were waiting for a new building. Until recently there were tentative plans for Helen Ross McNabb to build on a campus to be created on county property adjacent to the Blount County Children’s Home.
“We were holding out for a new building, and we can’t wait anymore,” Vagnier said.
Vagnier said Helen Ross McNabb is continuing to work toward putting a new building in place. “We ran into issues with the land the county was allowing us to use adjacent to the Children’s Home,” he said. “There were some issues with soil that prevented us from moving forward at this time.”
Helen Ross McNabb officials are continuing to evaluate other sites. “We are very adamant about providing a brand new building or a renovated building if an opportunity presents itself,” he said.
Vagnier said Helen Ross McNabb provides psychiatric outpatient and residential care. “We provide addiction services and quite a number of what we call social services,” he said. “We’re serving a 16-county region, and Blount County has the second largest volume for us.”