New Fifth Street Community Health Center to Break Ground

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New Fifth Street Community Health Center to Break Ground

Thursday, September 8, 2016

In collaboration with the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, the Community Access Network, Centra and the Centra Foundation, the groundbreaking for the new Fifth Street Community Health Center will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 11:30-1:00pm. With over 17,000 uninsured residents in this community, 37,000 residents with Medicaid and Medicare who do not have access to primary care and a poverty rate of 96.3% among African Americans around 5th street, this is a big step to continue providing healthcare services for the most vulnerable community members.

This center, which will be an additional Free Clinic site, will provide walk-in immediate and primary care services to high-risk underinsured or uninsured patients, mental health services through collaborative community partnerships and access to specialists and other additional medical services. Through partnerships with nonprofits and social service agencies in the community, the clinic will also be equipped to address social issues affecting patients’ health, whether it is inadequate housing, transportation or a lack of financial resources. Having all these services under one roof is truly unique.

The Community Access Network is comprised of local healthcare providers who work collaboratively to address the lack of access to health care locally and the social factors affecting the communities’ health.

The facility has been carefully designed with patients of all ages and their families in mind. The medical center is slated to open late 2017 and will be located on the corner of 5th and Federal Street in downtown Lynchburg.

Parking for the groundbreaking event will be held at the James River Conference Center, with shuttle service to the construction site.