FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS
FUND CLINIC EXPANSION
OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
April 6, 2011, Renton, WA - HealthPoint today announced completion of the expansion project at its Auburn clinic location. After receiving a federal grant award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the building was expanded to add 10 newly renovated exam rooms and a new elevator.
In addition, the building expansion included key components to help deliver affordable health care to the Auburn community:
- An upgrade to the first floor pharmacy to create a more efficient workflow. The pharmacy is now filling 200 new prescriptions per day - an increase of 30%.
- Offices were created for Public Health - Seattle & King County's Women & Infant Children (WIC) services.
"We are incredibly happy to officially open the expanded Auburn clinic," said Thomas Trompeter, Chief Executive Officer. "We have seen continued growth in demand for affordable and accessible health services in the Auburn community and we are grateful for this funding that enables us to provide a health care home to more people in Auburn. This new facility will have an immediate positive impact on the underserved people in the area and is a symbol of our commitment to the community."
Located at 126 Auburn Avenue, HealthPoint Auburn will see more than 1600 new patients this year (up to 3800 visits) with this expansion, for a total of 11,000 patients per year. This federal stimulus project created many construction related jobs during the course of the renovation. With its completion, 7 new jobs now exist at HealthPoint Auburn. The center now has 10 family medicine providers some of whom also practice obstetrics. Acupuncture, Behavioral Health and Certified Nutrition Providers are on staff as well. The medical clinic is co-located with HealthPoint's Dental clinic and pharmacy.
Congressman Adam Smith is scheduled to speak at a public Open House on Friday, April 8 from 12:30pm-2:00pm. Mayor Pete Lewis will welcome guests to the City.
HealthPoint offers reduced fees to eligible, uninsured patients. Last year, 27% of the Auburn clinic's patients were without insurance and more than half were below the federal poverty level.
ARRA funds financed $2,065,065 (or 98%) of the Auburn project with $40,000 contributed by Boeing Employees Community Fund.