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Primary care center to treat all patients, regardless of ability to pay

Construction underway in Lexington

Construction underway in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014) — HealthFirst Bluegrass joined Lexington Mayor Jim Gray today at a groundbreaking ceremony for a primary care center on Southland Drive that will serve all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

healthfirstThe 34,000 square-foot facility will include adult and pediatric primary care, women’s health services, dental care, a pharmacy and a home for the federal Women/Infant/Children program. Each area will contain a waiting and check-in rooms,  exam rooms, staff collaboration spaces and individual provider offices.

“Our patients receive complete preventive care, as well as care for acute illness/injury and comprehensive chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma,” said Dr. Steve Davis, executive director of HealthFirst, a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides affordable healthcare for anyone seeking care. “This facility will also provide primary screenings for cancer such as breast, cervical and prostate.”

Davis estimates the new center will initially serve around 8,000 patients a year, with room for future growth.

The two-story facility will replace a crumbling office building that was torn down last month. Designed by EOP Architects, the medical center will feature metal panel walls with an aluminum and glass front.

Funding for the project comes from an $11.7 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Construction, managed by Congleton-Hacker Company, is scheduled to be completed in October 2015.