Boston health centre unveils 79,000ft² community care facility

6 February 2012 (Last Updated February 6th, 2012 18:30)

Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) has opened a new six-storey community health facility in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) has opened a new six-storey community health facility in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The new 79,000ft² facility, which is seeking certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver building, will provide expanded capacity for the centre.

The $37m building will offer primary care, medical, social and wellness services to improve the health of the community.

It will provide also provide a range of other services, including behavioural health, dental and eye care, substance abuse services, a pharmacy, a physical therapy clinic and community space.

The facility, which is funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, will also feature the new Dana-Farber Mammography Suite and medical oncology consultation.

"The new building allows us to accomplish so much more related to improving the health of our community," said Frederica Williams, President and CEO of WSHC.

"Our new building will allow us to address increasing healthcare costs by offering innovative programs that reduce complications from chronic diseases."

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said: "Whittier Street Health Center is a model for how care is best delivered in an urban environment and no-one is more dedicated to Boston's underserved than Whittier Street Health Center's CEO, Frederica Williams.

"It is because of her vision and determination that the new, larger space, will help even more of our city's residents receive high quality healthcare."