USDA Loan Approved for Purchase of Montcalm Area Health Center

Cherry Street Health Services sent MPCA an article announcing the great news that they’ll be able to purchase the building that currently operates at its Montcalm Area Health Center. They were leasing the building, but received a USDA loan to purchase it. Read more below:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today [May 6, 2013] announced the approval of the application of Cherry Street Health Services to purchase the facility at 1003 North Lafayette , Greenville, Michigan.  The purchase is being made possible through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Loan Program in the amount of $1,382, 000.  Cherry Street Health Services (CSHS) opened this new location in October 2012.  CSHS has been leasing the property and the purchase will provide economic savings to Cherry Street Health Services, which it can invest in services to the community of Montcalm County.

Sen. Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.  Since taking office, she has secured critical funding for community health centers across Michigan including Cherry Street Health Services’ Heart of the City Health Center.

Chris Shea, the Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Street Health Services states that “ The USDA facilities loan will allow us to significantly expand our health care services to area residents with the purchase of the 17,000 SF facility at 1003 N. Lafayette.” This building replaced the 306 Maplewood building which was less than half that size (6,200SF) and significantly outgrown. The new facility will bring the opportunity to add up to 3 additional medical providers (7 additional exam rooms), an additional dentist (3 additional dental operatories) and several mental health or health education staff. As many as 4,000 more patients can be served in the new building.

Chairwoman Stabenow said: “Community health centers like Cherry Street Health Services serve as the family doctor for so many Michigan families who do not have access to basic health services. This USDA loan will help Cherry Street expand much-needed physical, mental and dental health services right here in Montcalm County.”

Cherry Street Health Services is a non profit organization offering comprehensive services to low income children and families. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Cherry Street’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of individuals by providing comprehensive primary and behavioral health care while encouraging access by those who are underserved. Cherry Street has 23 sites in Kent, Montcalm, and Wayne Counties and serves about 60,000 patients annually.

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