Case in point is a 20-million dollar expansion project at the caring Health Center.
On Tuesday, it was a busy day at the health center but that’s not unusual for this facility.
The center provides primary medical and dental care to those in need ,”We provide care for people who have trouble getting access to medical care either by language, or income, or just mental health status,” says Anne Awad, CEO of the Caring Health Center.
The health center continues to serve the community despite being in the crosshairs of the June tornado more than a year ago,”The tornado went right through us, right through the building we’re in now, 140 people were in here at the time, very terrifying,” says Anne Awad.
They were up and running a month after the tornado.
The health care center is also expanding across the street at the old Hampden Furniture building which was also damaged by the tornado.
Work continues inside the building to get it ready for a grand opening next summer,”We’ll open next summer with adult medical, dental operatories, oral health, oral surgery capacity , wellness and prevention programs, all in a new site,” says Awad.
Right now the Caring Health Center treats about 14-thousand patients a year and with the expansion across the street, at the old Hampden Furniture building, they’ll be able to double the number of people they help.
Besides the additional patients they’ll be seeing, the staff will increase from the current 150 to 300.
Anne Awad says Springfield’s Caring Health Center is also the largest refugee health provider in Massachusetts and has 19 different certified language interpreters on staff.