Governor Granholm Visits Construction Site of New Benton Harbor Health Center

While in Benton Harbor on July 20, Governor Granholm visited the construction site of InterCare Community Health Network’s new Benton Harbor Health Center that is scheduled to open in 2011.  The new 40,0000 square foot state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly Health Center will replace two existing sites in Benton Harbor to improve patient flow, increase efficiency, and meet demand for services that is projected to increase 35 percent in the next few years.

An official groundbreaking celebration will take place during National Health Center Week, held the second week of August each year to raise awareness of the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers.

Construction of the new Benton Harbor site is being funded by stimulus dollars that InterCare Community Health Network, a Bangor-based Community Health Center, received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Facility Investment Program.    

“To receive these funds and be able to serve this community in a new facility is the realization of a long-held dream,” said Velma Hendershott, InterCare Community Health Network’s Chief Executive Officer.

Up to 45 full-time construction jobs will be created by the project.  In addition to existing staff, the new facility will house three new medical providers, at least two new dental providers, and more mental health professionals.  Additional patient support jobs will also be created. 

InterCare Community Health Network is one of Michigan’s 31 Community Health Center organizations that provide quality, comprehensive, accessible primary and preventive health care to nearly 600,000 Michigan residents at over 160 sites across the state, regardless of income or insurance status.

To learn more about InterCare Community Health Network, go to www.intercare.org/.  For more information about Michigan Community Health Centers, visit www.mpca.net.

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