Maricopa County awards 5 health care centers $21M for facility improvements
PHOENIX — Maricopa County announced Tuesday it has awarded five community health care centers $21.4 million to use for capital improvements and renovations.
Funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by Congress last year and granted the county $435 million to spend to help people and businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money provided to the health care centers aims to help improve access to services for residents who are low income, medically underserved or uninsured.
“No matter their income level or zip code, every Maricopa County resident deserves access to quality health care in the communities where they live,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said in a press release. “We are committed to improving access to these critically important services.”
Wesley Community & Health Centers gets $7.5 million to replace its original clinic with a new “Central City” location and see an additional 3,500-7,000 patients a year.
Terros Health was awarded $5.5 million to renovate its community health center at 4909 E. McDowell Road to add additional patient rooms and waiting room enhancements.
Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health receives $4.1 million to develop a large, new comprehensive community health center at 8705 E. McDowell Road in Scottsdale that will allow the organization to consolidate its three existing sites.
Native Health gets $3.68 million to renovate a vacated business suite at its current location of 777 W. Southern Avenue in Mesa, which allows the expansion of dental optometry, podiatry, pharmacy and telehealth services. In the first two years, the renovated space will generate an additional 4,200 patient visits.
The final $656,000 goes to Valleywise Health to improve its community health center at 950 E. Van Buren Street in Avondale.