InterCare has been serving Benton Harbor since 1984. In 2008, it acquired Lakeland’s Mercy Family Clinic. Two co-located sites occupied approximately 25,000 square feet of space on two floors in separate wings of the Mercy Center. InterCare’s new 40,000 square foot facility will replace both of the former sites.
“The new Health Center will improve patient flow, eliminate inefficiencies and enable us to serve more patients,” said Velma Hendershott, President and CEO of InterCare. “We see approximately 50,000 patients throughout Southwest Michigan each year and we know that number is only going to increase. In Benton Harbor, we are thrilled to be in a facility equipped to handle that increase.”
In addition to providing increased patient capacity, InterCare’s new Health Center has been a boost to the local economy. During construction, approximately 45 to 50 jobs were created, and most of the materials used in the building were manufactured within 200 miles of Benton Harbor. In addition to existing staff, new provider positions and additional patient support jobs have been created.
The new facility was made possible by an $8.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). InterCare Community Health Network was one of two Health Centers in Michigan and one of only 85 Health Centers across the country to receive the award from a pool of 600 applicants. The balance of InterCare’s $10 million project is funded by a USDA Rural Health Facilities loan.
InterCare will open for patient care on Monday, June 6 at 8:00 a.m. The general public is invited to preview the new building at an Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 4. The open house will run from 2 pm to 5 pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 2:30 pm. The building will be open for tours and refreshments will be served.
For more information about InterCare Community Health Network, go to intercare.org.