As Community Health Centers across the country celebrate National Health Center Week this week (August 7-13), Family Health Center in Kalamazoo is breaking ground today for the construction of its expansion.
The 72,000 square foot expansion and renovation project will triple the exam room space at the facility on Paterson Street, enabling the Health Center to serve an additional 30,000 Kalamazoo County residents in need each year and bring new jobs to the community.
“Our mission is to ensure quality health care with dignity for all of Kalamazoo County, and we provide excellent health care to anyone who walks through our doors, regardless of their income level or insurance benefits,” said Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center. “This expansion will expand our reach to more patients that need our services.”
Family Health Care currently serves 20,000 patients at six locations in Kalamazoo County. State-of-the-art care includes family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, dental services, counseling, homeless services, and school health programs. The Community Health Center also operates a walk-in clinic and pharmacy, and administers the Kalamazoo County Health Plan.
“This expansion, funded in large part by a grant through the Affordable Care Act, is an example of how government funding IS working to help people who are struggling,” said Crawford.
Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Dr. James Galloway is attending today’s event as a special guest and will address Health Center staff, board members, and community partners to commemorate the groundbreaking. The event is open to the local media and the public.
National Health Center Week is an annual campaign dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people across the country.
For more information about Family Health Center, go to www.fhckzoo.com. To learn about Michigan Community Health Centers, visit www.mpca.net. For more information about National Health Center Week, go to www.healthcenterweek.org.