FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014
Contact: Leah Garrett, (202) 407-7780
Washington, D.C.– Community of Hope has officially opened its new Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8, the most medically underserved region of the city. The ribbon-cutting ceremony held today included Mayor Vincent Gray; Jacqueline D. Bowens, CEO of DCPCA; Julie Wagner, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and other community leaders and was emceed by Denise Rolark Barnes of The Washington Informer. The program was followed by the Ribbon-Cutting moment and tours of the 50,000 square foot center.
The 11th of 12 projects funded through the District of Columbia Primary Care Association’s (DCPCA) Medical Homes DC Initiative, Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center will bring primary medical, dental and behavioral care to District residents, particularly those east of the Anacostia River.
Located in the Bellevue neighborhood, the Conway Center will serve patients of all ages with medical, dental and behavioral care, all under one roof. Featuring 20 medical exam rooms, 11 dental chairs, 6 rooms for behavioral health services, and flexible space for partners to administer ancillary services, the Conway Health and Resource Center will expand healthcare access for 10,000 more District residents at full capacity. Coming soon are Breast Care for Washington, who is bringing the first 3D mammography machine east of the river, and ophthalmology screening services. Community of Hope has also moved its headquarters and social services staff into the Conway Center.
“We are excited to expand our health services to the Ward 8 community,offering high quality services for the entire family in their own neighborhood. The opening of the Conway Health and Resource Center puts us one step closer to improving health outcomes in the District and creating healthier families,” said Kelly Sweeney McShane, President and CEO for Community of Hope. “For 34 years, Community of Hope has remained committed to improving the lives of District residents through our housing and health programs. Building this center allows us to reach more neighbors and integrate our services even more,” adds McShane.
DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC program is made possible, in part, by generous support from the DC Department of Health. Additional funds came from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) with Affordable Care Act funds, and multiple foundations and individuals including Bill and Joanne Conway through the Bedford Falls Foundation, after whom the building is named.
Appointments for medical care (540-9857) and dental care (540-9862) are available now, including same-day and evening hours. Most insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale is available.
Founded in 1980, Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing and educational opportunities. For more information about the Conway Health and Resource Center please visit: