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Press Release
December 20, 2008

Weber-Morgan Health Department Extends Clinic and Records Office Hours
No 4-day work week, but longer hours helps accommodate working clients

 (Ogden, UT) Weber-Morgan Health Department is extending its Immunization and Vital Records services until 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays to accommodate working clients who need to pick up a birth or death record or update their vaccination schedule. The department closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The change comes after a two-month trial period that coincided with state government offices going to a 4-day work week.

“We looked at our services and determined that it was not in our clients’ best interests to close on Fridays,” says Claudia Price, nursing supervisor. “But we also saw that many working parents and others could benefit if we extended our hours beyond the 8-to-5 workday.”

Clinic hours are now offered “by appointment-only,” Price says. By scheduling an appointment, clients will not have to wait as long to see a nurse. It has also created a steady stream of traffic throughout the day rather than periods of long lines one moment and lulls the next. Walk-in clients are seen on a first come, first serve basis between the scheduled appointments. The last clinic appointment of the day is 5:30 p.m.

One of the biggest changes patrons will notice is that they can get same-day service after 5 p.m. in the Vital Records office. WMHD is a resource to Utah residents who need a birth or death record issued on a Friday now that state records offices are closed.

“A lot of people don’t realize that we can issue certificates for any Utah birth or death record issued since 1951, regardless of the county where they live or have lived,” says Deputy Registrar Kimberly Caliari.

Special requests such as adding a parent’s name to a record, filing an affidavit or orders for records older than 1951 may require state assistance and may not be available on Fridays. Caliari says the additional hour allows workers to process certificate requests through 5:30 p.m.

“Before, we had a lot of people who rushed to get here before 5 and then they had to come back the next day to pick up their certificate.

For more information on the new hours, contact the clinic at 801-399-7250 or the vital records office at 801-399-7132 or visit our website at www.webermorganhealth.org.