MALLOW'S state of the art Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC) was named Ireland's Best Healthcare Building at the Local Authority Members Awards (LAMA) in Dublin last Saturday night.
The awards recognise local projects of excellence in the areas of infrastructure, community development, recreation and national impact initiatives.
First held in 2006, the LAMA Awards were created to recognise innovative local and national projects in the areas of infrastructure, community development, recreation and social impact initiatives.
Cork County Council won Best Local Business and Best Healthcare Building, the latter for MPHC.
"MPHC was built to a very high standard, it took seven years to design the building," said MPHC manager Conor Healy this week.
"What we wanted to do was provide the best facility possible to care for the patients in Mallow. We went to a lot of effort to ensure that the building is accessible, open and friendly and this award is recognition of all the work that was put in to the centre".
To celebrate the award they are inviting the public to view MPHC on Wednesday, February 29 for an open day. "We want everyone to see exactly how the building works and to tell them about the large number of services we provide outside of mainstream GP services," said Conor.
Mallow Town Council nominated the centre for the award on the suggestion of Councillor Noel O'connor.
"A lot of time and effort went into the design of this building," said Cllr O'connor. "It makes a statement about building in Mallow and about the way Mallow Town Council and Cork County Council do their business around Mallow.
"It's a credit to all concerned and it's great to be recognized nationally."
MPHC is home for three general practices, formerly located in Mallow town — the Cork Road Clinic, the Red House Family Practice and the Medical Centre. They centralised their services at MPHC in May 2010.
Since then, the centre has continued to expand, with HSE primary care services, South Doc and North Cork Community Mental Health.
MPHC also includes ' The 4th Practice', which provides additional medical services and enhanced diagnostic procedures such as psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy and specialist clinics.