It’s been a nearly week-long celebration marking the opening of Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center’s beautiful new site in southwest Detroit – a celebration that’s years in the making. Planning for the new site, which replaces the original 42-year-old site at 5635 W. Fort Street, began eight years ago, and CHASS broke ground in March 2011.
CHASS, which operates three Health Centers in Detroit, has expanded its Southwest Center to more than double its capacity and dramatically increase access to quality, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for local residents. More than 28,000 patients are projected to receive care at the new facility each year. That’s an additional 17,000 patients.
The celebrations kicked off last Friday, April 27 with a preview gala and continued Wednesday, May 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Congressmen Hansen Clarke, Gary Peters, and John Conyers, and other VIP guests.
The 48,000 square foot facility houses 24 examination rooms, four procedure rooms, diagnostic area, dental office with six operatories, pharmacy, laboratory, walking track, wellness/conference room, demonstration kitchen, space for behavioral health services, and children’s play area. It also serves as CHASS’ administrative headquarters.
“As an ever increasing number of people are turning to America’s and Michigan’s Health Centers for care that is affordable, coordinated, and culturally sensitive, MPCA celebrates CHASS’ increased capacity to serve more uninsured and medically underserved residents of southwest Detroit,” said Kim Sibilsky, Executive Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The wide array of services that CHASS is able to offer in the new facility exemplifies the comprehensive core of the Health Center model.”
CHASS is regarded as a national model for the delivery of health care to urban populations. Its services are designed to meet the needs of Detroit’s multi-cultural community, thus overcoming language, transportation, and access barriers to health care. It is one of Michigan’s 32 Health Centers, which serve nearly 600,000 state residents at over 190 delivery states.