For Immediate Release
April 12, 2013
Contact: Leah Garrett, (202) 407-7780, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC – On Friday, April 12, 2013, Community of Hope board, staff, supporters, and construction workers gathered to mark the Topping Out of the Conway Health and Resource Center at 4 Atlantic Street, SW. Upon completion in November, 2013, this new, state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot center will provide expanded access to medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to approximately 10,000 District residents, primarily in Ward 8.
Topping out attendees toured the site, which will house 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.
Community of Hope’s Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane said, “It is thrilling to see the Conway Health and Resource Center come out of the ground, thanks to the work and support of so many people. We look forward to opening at the end of 2013 and providing high quality healthcare to families in this community.”
Community of Hope is committed to supporting economic development in the Bellevue neighborhood as well. Ten workers from Ward 8 have already been employed during construction, and 46% of work so far has been done by Certified Business Enterprises. Community of Hope will be piloting a customer service training program to help Ward 8 residents secure entry-level positions. Community of Hope is also soliciting work from local artists for display in the building.
The project development team includes Forrester Construction as general contractor, architects ZGF for the base building and Perkins + Will for the interiors, and Jair Lynch Development Partners as development consultant. Patton Boggs has provided pro bono legal counsel for the entire life of the project.
This project is made possible thanks to funding from multiple public and private sources including: a grant by the DC Department of Health to the DC Primary Care Association under the Medical Homes DC program from the District’s Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, capital funds from the Affordable Care Act through the Health Resources Services Administration, and interim financing from the Local Initiative Support Corporation. Bill and Joanne Conway have also made a generous gift through the Bedford Falls Foundation to support this project, along with many area foundations and individuals.
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.