2011-12-08 / Business

Hamilton Network opens flagship medical facility

$7 million investment to provide new jobs and expanded services

FLINT — Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) recently held the grand opening for its new flagship facility.

The 31,000-square-foot facility is the sixth and largest HCHN facility in the area. In addition to medical services, dental, vision, behavioral health, specialty and pharmacy services will be provided. The facility is located at 2900 North Saginaw Street in Flint.

Designed to create a one-stop shop for medical services, the facility represents a $7 million investment in the community and will create 25-30 new jobs. The facility will house family doctors, specialty doctors, including OB/GYNs; optometrists; podiatrists; dentists and a pharmacy.

A search is currently under way for additional medical providers, nurses, medical assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and customer service representatives.

According to Clarence Pierce, CEO of HCHN the opening of this new building is the culmination of a planned expansion that is designed to increase access to primary care for people through- out Genesee County.

“Today is a great day for the community,” said Pierce. “The opening of this new facility significantly broadens our ability to meet health care needs. Through the addition of vision, and specialty services, we are creating a one-stop shop for medical services, which includes medical, dental and behavioral health, as well as pharmacy services.

Hamilton has served about 30,000 patients in total this year. Prior to construction of the new facility, we served 4,800 patients, with a total of 14,000 medical visits at this site. I anticipate that the new facility will allow us to increase that number by at least 13,000 patients, doubling our current capacity, while increasing the number of medical visits to 40,000 based on expanded service availability.”

“We congratulate Hamilton Community Health Network on the grand opening of their new facility and we are pleased to support the growth of their operations,” said Tim Herman, CEO, Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This is a significant step forward in their expansion and job creation plans, and great news for the citizens of Flint and Genesee County.”

HCHN provides medical services for children and adults. Most major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid are accepted at the facilities and a sliding scale is offered for those without insurance. Through its “Where Caring Comes First” campaign, HCHN seeks to increase access to primary care for all of the citizens in Genesee County.— G.G.

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