Central Falls' community health center is at capacity, officials say, in its current building. Now, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care has acquired a three-story medical building from Memorial Hospital for $720,000 at 1000 Broad St. in Central Falls.
Health center officials say they plan to move in toward the end of 2016, when $5 million dollars in renovations are complete. The new center will be able to accommodate more than 10,000 patients and will add about a dozen new clinicians.
Dr. Michael Fine, former director of the Rhode Island Dept. of Health, helped broker the deal. Fine says he's working with Central Falls Mayor James Diossa to turn the center into what they're calling a "neighborhood health station." It would include a range of health services - from primary and behavioral health care, to dental care, and exercise facilities.