Jordan Valley Community Health Center Expansion Focuses on Patients

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, “Community, Migrant, Homeless, and Public Housing Health Centers are an essential source of primary and preventative care for the uninsured and underinsured.” They provide “needed dental, mental health and substance abuse,” and pharmaceutical services in more than 9,000 locations nationwide.

Nationally, 22 million people are served by community health centers as their primary care provider, and more than 70% of which have family incomes at or below poverty level. For a family of three, the 2014 poverty guideline is $19,790.

Locally, Jordan Valley Community Health Center (JVCHC) served nearly 37,000 patients in 2012 (a 20% increase compared to 2010), almost all under the age of 64.

Four out of five were at or below poverty status, and three out of five were covered by Medicaid/CHIP. More than one in four were uninsured, and almost 15% were uninsured children.

A Response to the Growing Demand within the Community

In late 2012, JVCHC retained BR&P as architect and structural engineer for an addition and renovation project to address a growing need for accessible healthcare for underserved populations in the Springfield area.

The two phase project consists of a 30,900 sq. ft. renovation and a 19,140 sq. ft. addition to the existing facility. The $8.36 million project is largely funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will improve medical and dental patient accessibility and increase staff efficiency.

Phase one includes an adult primary care center, a pain management clinic and an open access urgent care with a Walgreens, lab and x-ray services. It will be named in honor of founding physician Dr. John Bentley, and will be dedicated this Thursday.

Phase two is a reconfiguration of the lower level of the existing clinic, allowing oral health services to be under one roof, and an expansion of the facility’s upper level housing pediatric and women’s health services.

Additional project components include patient instructional spaces, the local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agency office, employee wellness and break area, board room, and administrative offices. Throughout the facility the design incorporated daylight through floor to ceiling windows, and has an open, airy atmosphere.

BR&P Project Manager Tim Rosenbury, AIA observes, “From working with the JVCHC administrators, I learned about truly patient-focused healthcare that departs from conventional, physician-centered models. In this community health center, quick, yet caring interactions occur between providers and patients. It’s a simple and effective means of providing healthcare for all.”