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Unity Health Care And DCPCA Breaks Ground For A New Anacostia Health Center

Unity Health Care | 9/14/2010, 10:42 a.m.

"A new LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Green Building in the District Ward 8 Community"

On Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) and the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) broke ground to make way for a "new" state of the art community health center situated east of the Anacostia River.

The new 28,000 square foot facility will be located at 1500 Galen Street prominently situated around the corner from the historic Frederick Douglass House National Historic Site and will replace Unity's existing Anacostia Health Center's 6,000 square foot pre-fabricated, windowless facility built in the 1960's.

The new facility funded through the District of Columbia Government and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will eliminate the current overcrowding and poor physical environment at Anacostia Health Center. The new facility will allow Unity to expand existing services such as primary care, specialty care, dentistry, psychiatry, health education, and case management. Unity will add an urgent care suite to provide walk-in services and care after hours.

The additional space will also allow Unity to create separate waiting areas for each family practice suite improving privacy and patient comfort. The additional exam and multipurpose rooms will improve patient flow.

"We are excited about this new medical home, our patients will continue to receive quality and compassionate health care services from our dedicated staff, while enjoying a new state of the art LEED certified green facility," stated Vincent A. Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer for Unity.

Mr. Keane went on to state, "this long-term investment will result in improved health outcomes in an area that has the highest proportion of residents who are medically vulnerable in our city."

Among the Ground Breaking Ceremony attendees, DC Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Council Members Kwame R. Brown (D-At-Large) and Marion Barry Jr. (D-Ward 8) were joined by development team members Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Forrester Construction Company, Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C., and JAIR LYNCH Development Partners and Sharon Baskerville, Chief Executive Officer of the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA).

"This new community health center will be the DCPCA's first capital project built from the ground up east of the river, replacing a former public health facility currently operated by Unity Health Care's Anacostia Center," said DCPCA Chief Executive Officer Sharon A. Baskerville. "Unity's Anacostia Health Center is one of three capital projects in Ward 8 under the auspices of DCPCA's Medical Homes DC Initiative," Baskerville stated.

Unity Health Care, Inc. is Washington, DC's largest nonprofit health and social services organization serving more than 81,000 individuals and families annually. Unity serves individuals and families in all eight wards of the District of Columbia through its network of health service centers that include Community Health Centers, sites serving homeless individuals and a mobile medical outreach unit.

Unity serves the most vulnerable residents of the District including the uninsured, working poor, homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated.

For more information about Unity Health Care, Inc., visit our website at www.unityhealthcare.org or contact our Marketing Department at (202) 715-7887.