Family Health Center Prepares For Newly Insured

By CLAUDIA COFFEY
Your Voice Contributor

Major renovation is now underway on East Broadway to handle the influx of people who will soon have health insurance for the first time.

It’s a groundbreaking that marks the largest expansion in the Family Health Centers’ history. The reason: to handle the growing needs of the community who now have healthcare. Annie Triplett Director of Nursing sees the need firsthand

“They really don’t understand that they could be talking to you or me and our appearance does not indicate whether or not we don’t have insurance,” said Triplett. “People go without insurance. They have nowhere to go. And Family Health Centers does fill that need.”

The nonprofit health center currently occupies a smaller building on East Broadway. At the groundbreaking, Congressman John Yarmuth said Kentucky’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.

“The 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,” Yarmuth said. “So this is a great portion of that whole goal to expand access to care.”

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

“(We will be) specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric care, women’s health,” Wagner said. He added that the center will have radiology, laboratory services and eventually a dental clinic.

It’s being called a critical  investment in health infrastructure that will expand access and care in Louisville.

The expansion and renovation is expected to be completed by next fall.