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Family Health Center of Worcester Awarded $2.9 Million from Commonwealth To Improve Infrastructure, Enhance Patient Services

Family Health Center of Worcester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Family Health Center of Worcester (FHCW), a leading community health center in Central Massachusetts, today announced that it has been awarded a substantial grant of $2.9 million from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Community Health Center Capital Investment Grant Program. 

The funding will bolster the federally qualified health center’s ongoing infrastructure improvement initiatives and support the agency’s ability to provide high-quality health care and wrap-around services to the city of Worcester.

“We are thrilled to receive this commitment from the Commonwealth,” said Louis Brady, president and chief executive officer of FHCW. “This investment recognizes the vital role our center plays in providing accessible and comprehensive healthcare services to our community. We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of our local elected officials, FHCW’s dedicated team, and to the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers for its unwavering commitment and invaluable support in bringing the Community Health Center Capital Investment Grant Program to fruition. With these funds, we can further improve our infrastructure, enhance our facilities, expand our program offerings and invest in cutting edge equipment and technology, all of which will have a positive impact on the lives of our patients and community.”

The $2.9 million grant will be utilized to improve infrastructure, streamline operations, and advance healthcare initiatives at Family Health Center of Worcester. The center’s leadership and staff are dedicated to utilizing these funds effectively, integrating new technology that enhances patient care, including:

  • Infrastructure improvements at main Health Center site, including upgrading to a best-in-class, high efficiency HVAC system
  • Redesign main entrance and patient lobby through a trauma-informed care (TIC) lens – with a focus on providing a supportive, stress-free health care environment
  • Expansion of 340b Pharmacy to increase patient access to low-cost prescription medication, including specialty pharmacy licensure to provide specialty medications and medical supplies

“Organizations like the Family Health Center of Worcester play a critical role in our community by providing essential healthcare services for diverse populations with diverse needs,” said Senator Robyn Kennedy. “This capital funding will be a critical investment for FHCW to better serve the evolving health care and social services needs of the Worcester community, from patients suffering with complex health conditions, to those experiencing housing insecurity or grappling with substance use disorder.”

“This is great news,” said Representative Mary Keefe. “The Commonwealth has given special attention to the challenges that our Family Health Center was facing and with an understanding of how critical the care and services they provide is to all of Worcester and beyond!”

About Family Health Center of Worcester

Family Health Center of Worcester is a distinguished Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the residents of Worcester and the surrounding areas. With a mission to improve the health and well-being of all residents, especially culturally diverse populations, the center provides affordable, integrated, and high-quality primary healthcare and social services, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. Family Health Center of Worcester operates from its main site at 26 Queen Street in Worcester, MA, and extends its care through seven school health centers in Worcester, MA. Family Health Center of Worcester operates Worcester Health Care for the Homeless at 199 Chandler Street in Worcester. Additionally, the center administers the Women Infant Children (WIC) nutrition program at four sites in the Greater Worcester area.

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Nic DiBella
Director of Marketing & Communications
Family Health Center of Worcester