LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Major renovation is now underway on East Broadway, all to handle the influx of people who will soon have health insurance for the first time.
It’s a groundbreaking that marks the largest expansion in the Family Health Centers history. The reason, to handle the growing needs of the community who now have health care. Annie Triplett Director of Nursing sees the need first hand.
"They really don't understand that they could be talking to you or me and our appearance does not indicate whether or not we don't have insurance. People go without insurance. They have nowhere to go. And Family Health Centers does fill that need," Annie Triplett, director of nursing for Family Health Centers, said.
The nonprofit health center currently occupies a smaller building on East Broadway. Congressman John Yarmuth at the event says Kentucky's success with Kynect and signing up the uninsured with health care shows that there is a growing need for health care providers and services.
"The Community Health centers are a critical part of the infrastructure to make sure that those people that now have coverage for the first time, have doctors they can see. So this is a great portion of that whole goal to expand access to care," Congressman John Yarmuth said.
When all is said and done, this will be 30,000 square feet, occupy three floors and serve more than 10,000 patients.
The total project will cost $6 million and it's supported through a $5 million grant from the Affordable Care Act. Executive Director William Wagner says the center will offer expanded primary care.
"Specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric care, women's health. We'll have radiology, laboratory services. Eventually a dental clinic," William Wagner, Executive Director Family Health Centers, said.
It's being called a critical investment in health infrastructure that will expand access and care in Louisville. The expansion and renovation is expected to be completed by next fall.