“Bigger and better – and more services.” That’s the plan at Tri-Area Community Health, where, after more than 30 years of operation and three clinic locations, the federally qualified health center is expanding its Ferrum location.
The new site, which will be on Ferrum Mountain Road, just around the corner from the current location, is projected to be completed at 16,300 total square footage. Additional parking is also in the plan, going from about 30 spaces to a much needed 75 spaces. Tri-Area staff says that limited space has been a concern in the past, and are hopeful that the new Ferrum location will help alleviate some of those issues.
“Behavioral health [operations] will increase, our rooms are projected to be (bigger) …like 15 patient rooms. Two huge procedure rooms which will make it easier maybe for our patients who can’t come by car maybe they have to come by ambulance here,” said Martha Puckett, Office Manager of Tri-Area Community Health in Ferrum. “So we’ll have a covered drop off for that, which we don’t have now.”
To help with all of this development, Tri-Area Community Health received a one-million dollar federal grant. They also are getting help from Franklin County, with a block grant of $700,000. The goal is to continue serving people here in the community with affordable health care, with an overall budget of four million dollars
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