– Seattle’s north end is home to the city’s largest segment of low-income residents, yet it lacks adequate resources to meet community health needs. Now, Cambia Health Foundation is helping Neighborcare Health to undertake a project to change that, with a grant of $200,000 toward the construction of the new Meridian Center for Health, a 44,000-square-foot facility that will provide a fully integrated health care home for at least 14,000 people annually.
The Meridian Center for Health will be a first-of-its-kind model to provide primary medical services, including wellness and preventative care fully integrated with public health, child development, housing and employment services. It will preserve care currently provided to 7,000 individuals at Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic and Public Health’s North Public Health Center, and increase access for an additional 7,000 residents. It will also establish the only safety net dental clinic in the entire north end of the city.
“Even under the Affordable Care Act, we anticipate that Neighborcare Health will continue to serve large numbers of uninsured patients,” explained Mark Secord, Executive Director. “With this new center, we have an exceptional opportunity to increase capacity to reach our most vulnerable neighbors. The Cambia Health Foundation grant moves us yet one step closer to transforming health care in the north end and improving the lives of thousands of area residents.”
“We are committed to partnerships that will make our health care system more person-focused and economically sustainable,” said Steve Lesky of Cambia Health Foundation. “
When we learned of the great need in north end Seattle – and Neighborcare Health’s plan to create a state-of-the-art, integrated clinic to serve that need – we were compelled to help ensure its success.”
Set to break ground this fall, the new Meridian Center for Health will be built close to Northgate Mall at North 105th Street and Meridian and plans to begin serving patients in fall 2015.
About Cambia Health Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience the health care system. A 501(c)3 grant making organization, the Foundation partners with nonprofits to create a more person-focused and economically sustainable health care system. For more information, visit cambiahealthfoundation.org/
About Neighborcare Health
Neighborcare Health is the largest provider of primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services in Seattle, focusing on low-income and uninsured families and individuals, seniors on fixed incomes, immigrants, and the homeless. Its mission is to provide comprehensive health care to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care; respond with sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse patients; and advocate and work with others to improve the overall health status of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.neighborcare.org