Care Resource, a nonprofit organization and Federally Qualified Health Center, officially broke ground on the $33 million expansion and renovation of its Midtown Miami Health Center and Administrative Headquarters located at 3510 Biscayne Blvd. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 18, at 11 am and was officiated by City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Ken Russell.
This expansion transforms Care Resource’s existing 22,000 square foot two-story building into a 55,000 square foot, seven-story state-of-the-art community health center, bringing all of its services under one roof. It will double the number of individuals the organization serves per annum to 21,400 within three years.
According to Rick Siclari, MBA, CEO, “Our Midtown center has far surpassed its capacity to meet the needs of our patients, providers, and staff. Compounding this challenge, we expect the demand for our services to continue to grow significantly over the next five years. The future we’re building is one of innovation and state-of-the-art healthcare at its best. We treat each person as a whole person with a continuum of care that is unparalleled. With these expansions and renovations, Care Resource is poised to continue our history of care for the most vulnerable in our communities.”
This renovation adds a new pediatrics unit in addition to medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare, and an array of comprehensive preventive and social support services to address the holistic needs of children, adolescents, and adults. To accommodate the growing need for more primary and specialty care services, the new facility increases the number of medical exam rooms from 10 to 24, and the number of dental chairs from 4 to 10.
The building, designed by David Scott Parker Architects, features a Walgreens pharmacy on its ground floor for direct access by Care Resource’s patients. It also integrates Care Resource’s Food For Life Network’s Food Pantry and Nutritional Center.
Care Resource is investing cash reserves in this project, with additional funding from commercial lenders, community development financial institutions, an $800,000 federal capital development grant from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), and a variety of private donations, foundations, corporations, and government entities.
Care Resource also announced the establishment of its Building for the Future Capital Fund, which supports the renovation of its Midtown headquarters as well as other expansions planned for its Little Havana and Fort Lauderdale locations. The projected completion of the Midtown project is late 2020.
Care Resource serves communities who otherwise confront financial, geographic, linguistic, cultural, or other barriers to accessing healthcare. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, it provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including medical, dental, and behavioral health/substance abuse care in addition to social and nutritional support services to all individuals in our community. This cutting-edge model of care has proven effective at generating better outcomes for patients at costs lower than traditional private care models. Its offices are in Midtown Miami, Miami Beach, Little Havana, Oakland Park, and Fort Lauderdale.
For more information, visit, Careresource.org.