A new and innovative healthcare facility called 5716 Wellness opened in the heart of Southwest Detroit on Friday, June 17. Its goal: to improve the health and wellbeing of families through the coordination, integration, and cross-referral of quality, affordable, and efficient health care services.
The renovated 50,000 square foot facility at 5716 Michigan Avenue, originally designed by well-known architect Albert Kahn a century ago as a cigar factory, is now the home of six partner agencies that promote physical and psychological health. Approximately 10,000 individuals from low-income families are projected to benefit from the services offered at 5716 Wellness each year.
Covenant Community Care, a Michigan Community Health Center, occupies the first floor and provides primary medical, pediatric, obstetric, dental, pharmacy, and behavior counseling services. Covenant’s medical and dental services recently relocated to 5716 Michigan Avenue from its previous site on West Grand Boulevard, a move that will more than double its capacity. Like other Community Health Centers, Covenant Community Care’s doors are open to everyone, regardless of insurance status or income level.
During Friday’s grand opening, Governor Rick Snyder presented Southwest Solutions, one of 5716 Wellness’ partners, with a Reinventing Michigan award to recognize its “commitment to revitalizing southwest Detroit and providing access to health care through a unique partnership.”
The other partners are Life Directions, a national program aimed at increasing academic success, self-responsibility, and positive social involvement; Moms and Babes Too, dedicated to good health of pregnant women and young children; Madonna University’s Southwest Women’s Educational Empowerment Program, and Children’s Outreach.
“We are all working together to make sure that families receive the multiple and coordinated services they need to lead healthier and more successful lives,” said Paul Propson, Executive Director, Covenant Community Care.
Also in attendance at the June 17 grand opening were Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-13), Mayor Dave Bing, and other dignitaries.