Caring Health Center Opens Facility in Indian Orchard
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — With facilities Downtown and in Forest Park, Caring Health Center has been serving Springfield residents for years. Unfortunately, many people living in the city’s Pine Point and Indian Orchard neighborhoods have had a tough time getting to those facilities.
“There’s very little in the way of primary care available here and people have to travel some distance,” says Dr. Stephen Grund, Chief Medical Officer for Caring Health Center
“About 67 percent of our patients don’t have transportation,” says Tania Barber, CEO of Caring Health Center “They either use public transportation or they get a ride from relatives, family members, or friends, so it was a concern that they needed something a little bit closer to their homes.”
This morning, Caring Health Center opened a new facility on Boston Road. The former WIC site will still serve women, infants and children, but they’re expanding their services, offering adult and pediatric medicine, as well.
“Especially for the under-served, there are less sites for them to see, there’s less access and this particular community, there are not many clinics, so this will provide access to a lot of folks,” says Dr. Babatunde Thomas, Associate Medical Director for Caring Health Center.
Doctors hope that by opening a primary care office close to home, patients will stop putting off their yearly checkup, and start addressing medical issues before they become bigger problems.
“We’re trying to encourage patients to come, not only when they’re sick but to come for complete physical exams,” says Barber.
Caring Health Center plans to expand the new Pine Point/Indian Orchard facility in the coming year, offering dental and behavioral health services, as well.
Caring Health Center is also wrapping up an $18 million renovation project at their Main Street facility. They plan to unveil the revamped Richard E. Neal Complex on September 22, 2014.