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Whittier Street Health Center Unveils State-of-the-Art Community Facility

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 whittier_st_health_centerBOSTON, Mass. — Whittier Street Health Center unveiled its new six-story, 79,000-square-foot green building in Roxbury, Mass. The new health and wellness facility provides expanded capacity for the center to continue its mission of providing high-quality and cost-effective healthcare.

The $37-million building will house a variety of medical, social and wellness services to improve the health of a community facing significant disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. In addition to primary care, the new facility will provide holistic services, all in one location including, dental and eye care, behavioral health and substance-abuse services, a pharmacy, physical therapy clinic and community space.

It will also feature the new Dana-Farber Mammography Suite and medical oncology consultation through a partnership with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care to address high-mortality rates from cancer in the community. The health center’s design incorporates many green features and is seeking certification as a LEED-Silver building.

The new building is funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. In 2010, Whittier received a $12-million grant through an ARRA, a funding opportunity supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Roxbury, the primary service area of the new building, consistently ranks low for health outcomes and health behaviors among Boston’s 16 neighborhoods. According to the Boston Public Health Commission’s 2011 Health of Boston Report, among Boston’s 16 neighborhoods, Roxbury has the highest infant mortality rate, the highest rate of hospitalizations due to heart disease and the second highest diabetes hospitalization rate.

“Whittier Street Health Center is a model for how care is best delivered in an urban environment and no one is more dedicated to Boston’s underserved than Whittier Street Health Center’s CEO, Frederica Williams,” said Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston. “It is because of her vision and determination that the new, larger space, will help even more of our city’s residents receive high quality healthcare.”

In addition, the new facility will create 50 new full-time healthcare jobs. Constructing the building also supported 450 construction jobs.

The new Whittier Street Health Center will increase its capacity from the 70,000 patient visits conducted in the old building in 2011 to a new capacity of 220,000 patient visits. Currently, patients represent 20 different countries with 17 languages spoken by staff at the health center.

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Posted February 6, 2012

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