After almost a half year on hold, it appears construction of the HealthCore Clinic expansion is back on track.  The Community Voice reported on the stalled construction in March after it became obvious construction on the site near 21st and Grove in Wichita was stalled. 

Yesterday, HealthCore Clinic, Inc. administrators announced they had received funding for the 40,000 sq. ft. facility expansion.  The new facility will include 33 exam rooms; 11 mental health rooms integrated throughout the clinic, a seven chair dental clinic, a pharmacy, medical-legal partnership area; future space for optometry’ a demonstration kitchen; physical fitness room; and education center; research area for current partnerships with both the University of Kansas Medical School and Wichita State University; a community collaboration center that will provide space for community-based organizations that service the targeted population; a walking path around the new facility; and a community garden. 

Construction of the first phase of the facility began in late 2015 with optimistic plans for a year-end completion of both phase one and two by June or July 2016.  The revised estimated completion date is July 2017. 

Funding to complete the $10.7 million expansion and renovation was received from the Primary Care Development Corporation and Capital One Bank.  The package includes  to complete a $10.7 million expansion and renovation of its existing facility, offering an expanded range of affordable, integrated health services to people of all ages.

HealthCore is a federally qualified health center that provides critical family medical services in a predominantly underserved northeast Wichita, KS. The clinic’s typical patients are individuals living below 100% of the federal poverty level, nearly 40% of whom are uninsured. To help better serve its community, HealthCore offers multiple prevention programs that address the community’s challenges, such as Strengthening Families, which serves at risk youth and families; and Baby Talk, which aims to reduce Wichita’s high infant mortality rate. HealthCore’s Refugee Support Project provides care to the more than 1,000 refugees many from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in the area.

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