Family Health Centers, Inc. Receives $5.38 Million in Federal Grants for Facilities Expansion
Wednesday May 2, 2012
Today the Family Health Centers, Inc. (FHC) announced it will receive $5.38 million in federal grant funding for construction and renovation of two health center facilities in Louisville. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the awards yesterday, as part of a series of capital investments made in community health centers under the Affordable Care Act. FHC Executive Director Bill Wagner said “We are very excited to have this opportunity to expand our capacity for much-needed primary care and preventive health services in Louisville.”
Family Health Centers, Inc. plans to relocate the current FHC-East Broadway facility to the former antique mall building located at 834 E. Broadway. A $5 million federal grant will allow the health center to expand from 8,400 sq. ft. to more than 30,000 sq. ft., providing the physical capacity to ultimately serve an additional 10,000 individual patients each year. The new East Broadway facility will offer expanded primary care and behavioral health services as well as add radiology, dental and pharmacy services. The health center is working to develop a funding plan to support this significant expansion of services to patients who are largely uninsured. A second grant for $380,000 will fund the renovation of the Phoenix Health Care for the Homeless facility located at 712 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The projects will take from 2 to 3 years to complete.
In announcing the awards, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius said “For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment of chronic diseases. This investment will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs in communities across the country.”
"This is a down payment on affordable health care for thousands of Louisvillians," said Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3). "I am thrilled that Family Health Centers is expanding its essential work in our community. And I am proud to have supported a law that is expanding access to primary and preventive care, reducing costs, and providing more people the care they need when they need it."
“A healthier Louisville is one of our primary goals and this important federal funding will provide the ability to care for thousands of our most at-risk citizens,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Giving people with limited resources a chance to see a physician and get preventive care pays huge dividends and saves health care costs down the road for that individual, their family and our entire community."
FHC is a non-profit community health center established by the Louisville-Jefferson County Board of Health in 1976. FHC serves more than 40,000 individual patients each year through a network of seven health center locations.