CHASS Breaks Ground for New Destination for Health and Wellness in Detroit

On Friday, March 4, 2011, Community Health & Social Services (CHASS) Center will break ground for its new Southwest Center and administrative headquarters at 5635 W. Fort Street in Detroit.

CHASS, one of Michigan’s 32 Community Health Center organizations, has been providing quality, affordable, comprehensive health care in Southwest Detroit for more than 40 years.  Eighty-four percent of patients who seek care at CHASS are uninsured.

The new 48,000 square foot site (33,000 square feet more than the size of the current facility at West Fort and Junction) will serve as a medical home of health and wellness for community members, housing medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and laboratory services.  It will also feature an outdoor healing garden and a conference center for hosting exercise classes, support groups, and educational seminars.  The additional space and increased staff capacity will enable CHASS to double the number of individuals it can serve. In 2010, CHASS served over 15,100 unique patients.

Funding for CHASS’ new home comes from a $11 million capital campaign, state Medicaid matching funds, and facility financing through JPMorgan Chase, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Invest Detroit, LISC and Capital Link.

“After seven years of planning we are excited that our new facility will become reality and believe that CHASS will become a destination for health and wellness for all members of our community,” said Ricardo Guzman, CHASS CEO.

CHASS is regarded as a national model for the delivery of health care to urban populations.  It services are designed to meet the needs of Detroit’s multi-cultural community, thus overcoming language, transportation, and access barriers to health care.

For more information about CHASS, visit www.chasscenter.org.

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