Major renovation is now underway on East Broadway to handle the influx of people who will soon have health insurance for the first time.
Itâ€™s a groundbreaking that marks the largest expansion in the Family Health Centersâ€™ history. The reason: to handle the growing needs of the community who now have healthcare. Annie Triplett Director of Nursing sees the need firsthand
â€œThey really donâ€™t understand that they could be talking to you or me and our appearance does not indicate whether or not we donâ€™t have insurance,â€ said Triplett. â€œPeople go without insurance. They have nowhere to go. And Family Health Centers does fill that need.â€
The nonprofit health center currently occupies a smaller building on East Broadway. At the groundbreaking, Congressman John Yarmuth said Kentuckyâ€™s success with Kynect, the state-operated health exchange, and signing up the uninsured shows that there is a growing need for health care providers and services.
â€œThe Community Health Centers are a critical part of the infrastructure that make sure that those people that now have coverage for the first time have doctors they can see,â€ Yarmuth said. â€œSo this is a great portion of that whole goal to expand access to care.â€
When all is said and done , the expansion will cover 30,000 square feet, occupy three floors and serve more than 10,000 patients.
The total project will cost $6 million, supported through a $5 million grant from the Affordable Care Act. Executive Director William Wagner says the center will offer expanded primary care
â€œ(We will be) specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric care, womenâ€™s health,â€ Wagner said. He added that the center will have radiology, laboratory services and eventually a dental clinic.
Itâ€™s being called a criticalÂ investment in health infrastructure that will expand access and care in Louisville.
The expansion and renovation is expected to be completed by next fall.