For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012
Contact: Leah Garrett, (202) 407-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY OF HOPE ONE STEP CLOSER TO EXPANDING ACCESS FOR HEALTHCARE IN WARD 8
Groundbreaking for Health and Resource Center in Bellevue Neighborhood on July 26, 2012
Washington, DC– At 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2012, Community of Hope will break ground on a new Health and Resource Center at 4 Atlantic Street, SW in the Bellevue neighborhood of Ward 8. Upon completion, this new, state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot center will provide expanded access to medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare for an estimated 10,000 patients.
Located in the Bellevue neighborhood, the Health and Resource Center will include 20 medical exam rooms, 11 dental chairs, 6 rooms for behavioral health services, and a large conference room for meetings and trainings. Community of Hope will also be relocating its administrative offices and social services staff, which work with homeless families, to the new building. The building is on track for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification. At full capacity, Community of Hope will provide approximately 22,000 medical visits, 15,000 dental visits, and 3,500 behavioral health visits to the Ward 8 community. A 2008 RAND Corporation report stated that, although an estimated 88 percent of Ward 8 residents possess some type of healthcare coverage, many lack access to a usual source of care and had generally higher rates of chronic disease and premature mortality than their peers in other wards.
Community of Hope’s Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane said, “Community of Hope is excited to expand access to quality, compassionate, affordable care in the Bellevue neighborhood in Ward 8. We are deeply grateful for the partnership and financial support of the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA), the DC Department of Health (DOH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and our local philanthropic community.” DCPCA Chief Executive Officer Sharon A. Baskerville said, “Community of Hope’s project is one of three newly constructed health centers under DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC program improving and expanding access to primary health care east of the Anacostia River. Medical Homes DC has completed nine of 12 capital projects across the District of Columbia, all of which will have capacity for 200,000 visits, annually – a significant increase in the health system’s overall capacity.”
Through a grant to DCPCA under the Medical Homes DC program, DOH is providing funds from the District’s Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to cover $15.4 million of the total project cost of $25 million. HRSA is providing $6.25 million from Affordable Care Act capital funds. The balance is being raised from private sources. The Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) is providing interim financing for the project.
Expected speakers at the groundbreaking include: DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, HRSA Administrator
Dr. Mary Wakefield, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry Jr., 8D07 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Dionne Brown, DCPCA CEO Sharon A. Baskerville, and Community of Hope Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane.
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 with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support. Community of Hope was recognized by the Washington Post for the 2012 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC program is made possible, in whole or in part, by generous support from the DC Department of Health.