Health Delivery, Inc. (HDI; Saginaw) opened the newest Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan this week, the Shiawassee Community Health Center. It will offer both primary and prenatal care, with the possibility of other services being added in the future.
Health Delivery serves more than 40,000 patients a year throughout 14 counties. It runs eight medical clinics, two dental centers, mobile medical and dental units, school-based centers and migrant health sites and plans to use the fellowship hall off the main church to house its Express Care walk-in clinic, now at Janes Street Academic Community Health Center.
Health delivery is paying about $1 million to buy and renovate the building.
The agency will use $250,000 in Medicaid reimbursement it recently received from the federal government, after two years of delay.
“We have received $200,000 from Citizens Bank’s Wealth Management Fund and $250,000 over three years from the Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation. We are waiting on another $250,000 request,” CEO David R.Gamez said.
Workers have installed a furnace and zoned thermostats to heat the sanctuary and some offices, he said. “We are filling Dumpsters as we clean out years of things the church left behind in the cellar and closets.”
The walk-in clinic will have more than 6,300 square feet and up to eight examination rooms for a doctor and physician’s assistants. The space could become ready for patients by summer.
Gamez said he may use the sanctuary as a medical lecture hall for the agency’s 350 employees and 44 care providers, while the upper level fellowship hall has room for exercise classes.
Health Delivery receives federal funding for its mid-Michigan clinics, which serve low-income residents. The centers accept Medicaid and private insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.
(Article written by Jill Armentrout, courtesy of The Saginaw News)