Press Release

ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTER BREAKS GROUND AND DEDICATES NEW KENSINGTON HEALTH CENTER

Contact: Ted Voboril, (215) 807-8614, ted.voboril@esperanzahealth.com

Philadelphia, PA, September 6, 2018 – City and state officials, development partners and community members joined Esperanza Health Center today in breaking ground and dedicating its new health center to be built in Philadelphia’s Kensington community. A prominent four-story, 35,000 square foot former bank building located at 861 East Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia will be transformed into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that will provide comprehensive primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health care and many integrated services in a medically-underserved area. A parking structure with 95 spaces will be built adjacent to the new health center.

In his remarks, Mayor James Kenney spoke about the significant impact that this project will have by expanding access to affordable health care for Philadelphians: “This new health center will benefit the entire neighborhood by expanding access to much-needed medical services in a brand new, modern facility,” said Mayor Kenney. “I want to thank Esperanza and all members of the Kensington community who helped make this project a reality.”

The new health center, which will replace Esperanza’s current site at 3156 Kensington Avenue, is projected to open in the spring of 2019. When at full capacity, the center will provide a “medical home” to 11,900 patients from Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods, through over 44,000 patient visits annually. A new healthy foods Café and community meeting/event space will provide unique, welcoming venues that are open to all community residents, and are aligned with current neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Kensington and Allegheny corridor. The new health center will retain 80 FTE jobs from Esperanza’s current Kensington site, and will create 27 FTE jobs in an economically-distressed community

“Motivated by Christian faith, we work from the perspective of God’s love and value for each patient,” said Susan Post, Esperanza’s Executive Director. “We are excited to invest in the health of this community and hope to be an anchor organization in the continued revitalization of Kensington. This project will allow us to provide high quality primary health care and dental care to thousands of additional families as well as contribute to the overall health of the community through job creation, health education and promotion, and community partnerships.”

Many state and local government agencies, financial institutions and other organizations have played a key role in the development of this project. These partners include: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Budget; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health; City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce; PNC Bank; Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC); Capital Fund; OmniVest Properties Management LLC; Brawer Hauptman Architects; KSS Architects; and, Target Building Construction, Inc. In addition, Esperanza Health Center has partnered with and relied on input from numerous non-profit organizations, churches and agencies in Kensington and surrounding communities throughout the development process.

The health center project is the first phase in the creation of Esperanza Health Center’s new health and wellness campus in Kensington. During phase two, a community health and wellness center with a complete exercise center and conference center/community space will be built on an open lot adjacent to the new health center.

About Esperanza Health Center

Founded in 1989, Esperanza Health Center (www.esperanzahealth.com) is a faith-based, federally-qualified health center serving 14,600 patients through over 60,000 visits annually from its three sites located at 3156 Kensington Avenue, 2940 N. 5th Street and 4417 N. 6th Street in Philadelphia. Comprehensive, bilingual services include primary adult and pediatric medical care, dental care, behavioral health care, women’s and prenatal care, comprehensive HIV care, social services, nutrition counseling, and community health and wellness initiatives including nutrition and fitness programs. For more information about Esperanza Health Center, please visit our website at www.esperanzahealth.com or call (215) 807-8614.

 

Press Release

ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTER TO RECEIVE $1M STATE GRANT

Funding will help build new health care center in Kensington.

Philadelphia, PA, June 11, 2018—Governor Tom Wolf has authorized the release of $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding to assist Esperanza Health Center in building a new primary health care center in the Kensington community of Philadelphia. A prominent four-story, 35,000 square foot former bank building located at 861 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134, is being renovated into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that will provide primary medical care, dental care, mental health and enabling services in a Federal Medically-Underserved Area. A parking structure with 100 spaces will be built adjacent to the new health center.

Construction work is scheduled to begin this summer, with projected opening of the new health center in early 2019. When at full capacity, the center will provide a “medical home” to 11,900 patients through over 44,000 patient visits annually.

“Esperanza Health Center is thrilled to receive this RACP award to help us build our comprehensive primary health care center,” said Susan M. Post, Executive Director. “Motivated by Christian faith, we work from the perspective of God’s love and value for each patient. We are excited to invest in the health of this community and hope to be an anchor organization in the rebuilding of Kensington. This project will allow us to provide high quality, primary health care and dental care to thousands of additional families as well as contribute to the overall health of the community through job creation, health education and promotion, and community partnerships.  We are thankful for this support to Esperanza Health Center and the people of Kensington.”

The health center project to be supported with RACP grant funding is the first phase of a multi-phase project to create a health and wellness campus in Kensington. During phase two, a community health and wellness center with a complete exercise center and conference center/community space will be built on an open lot adjacent to the new health center. Phase three will involve renovation of other adjacent properties for uses including future community program expansion, community gathering and recreational space and green space.

RACP is administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget (budget.pa.gov/Programs/RACP) for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of the Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.

Founded in 1989, Esperanza Health Center (esperanzahealth.com) is a faith-based, Federally-Qualified Health Center with three sites in the low-income, predominantly Latino and African-American communities of north Philadelphia. In 2017, Esperanza Health Center served 14,600 patients through over 70,000 visits.