The new 49,000 sf ambulatory care building, which received $12 million under the Recovery Act's Facility Investment Program, will enable the center to create new, much needed capacity to serve patients in need of health care services.
The grant was part of a $600 million stimulus program for capital projects at community health centers across the country. In the Commonwealth, eight community health centers were awarded a total of $80 million in stimulus funding for capital expansion.
"Community health centers are on the front lines of our Commonwealth's health care system, and today we celebrate the ground breaking of a state-of-the-art
The original East Boston center opened its doors on Gove Street over 40 years ago. It provides health care services to patients in East Boston and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Winthrop. The Center handles 300,000 patient visits per year-more than any other ambulatory care center in New England, according to a release.
The new facility, which will be completed in a little over a year, will expand primary care, vision, and dental services that, according to the center, have been operating in tight quarters in the main health center building. Demand for these clinical services has been growing at a pace that cannot be sustained in the current location. The new building will also house the center's recently launched Education and Training Institute as well as for administrative offices that are
The project will create over 150 construction jobs and more than 50 permanent health care jobs. An additional benefit will be the anchor the center provides to economic development and revitalization efforts in Maverick Square.
The new facility will be built on a lot that is largely vacant, and will complement a renovated MBTA Blue Line station and other recent area improvements. The building will be LEED-certified and fully energy efficient. The architect for the project is Needham-based isgenuity and the project manager is Suffolk Construction.