FOX 34 Your Health: CHCL breaks ground on new clinic

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Updated: 6/10/2014 8:55 pm
PRESS RELEASE FROM CHCL

It has been years in the making, but Community Health Center of Lubbock, Inc. (CHCL) is slated to break ground on its new 54,000-square-foot health care facility on Wednesday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 1610 5th St., Lubbock, Texas. Construction of the new facility will allow CHCL to provide an additional 4,831 new patients from Lubbock and surrounding counties with primary and preventative health care services.

"This new facility will increase space by 20 percent, and we will be able to extend our hours of operation into the evening and add weekend access," said Michael Sullivan, CEO of CHCL. "This will help us improve the overall health of the population in the area, which will help the overall economy in this region."

In January, CHCL selected Teinert Commercial Building Services, Inc. and Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. to design and construct the building. The two-story project will house family practice/adult/geriatric medicine, pediatrics, women's health, dental, pharmacy, mental health, laboratory, ophthalmology, health education, healing arts center and wellness center. The new location will allow CHCL to become the cornerstone of the revitalization of downtown Lubbock, alongside the Performing Arts Center, Baseball Hall of Fame, Stripes Convenience Store, and many other businesses. The new facility will replace CHCL's two current downtown locations located at 1313 and 1318 Broadway, which are plagued with numerous mechanical and structural problems.

"The benefits of building a new facility go well beyond the structural and mechanical improvements," said Sullivan. "Inappropriate use of emergency departments at local hospitals will be reduced due to the evening and weekend access, we will be able to hire approximately 3.2 FTE additional providers and 6.4 FTE support staff, there will be improvements in the health of the community, and the construction project will increase the area's construction related labor force."
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