Kathleen Toomey, District Health Director, at new Fulton County Public Health Clinic. The newest Fulton County Health Center and district offices recently opened for patient and client services. Fulton County’s former flagship Aldredge Clinic is now operating as Fulton County Public Health at 10 Park Place South SE. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Fulton County’s health department now aligned with state’s

Fulton County’s new health center is more than a building. It’s “kind of a metaphor for positive change,” said Kathleen Toomey, the district health director for the Fulton Board of Health.

The litany of issues that plagued Fulton’s health department are by now familiar: a national tuberculosis outbreak, traced to the county. Bungled HIV grant money. An audit that showed a pattern of mismanagement.

State legislators had enough.

Then, the county department operated outside of the state’s control, with a Board of Health that held only an advisory role. Now, Fulton County has is under the state’s purview, and the county is coordinating more with the state on responses to disease, officials say.

The county’s new board met for the first time Wednesday, but the changes in the way it and the health department operate is already evident, said Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the state department of public health.

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