Federally Qualified Health Center on Staten Island Opens New Clinic with Support from Vital Healthcare Capital

Clinic offers expanded dental and primary care services for Staten Island’s North Shore

AUGUST 15, 2018 — Today, the Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) in Staten Island, New York, celebrated the opening of a new clinic at 135 Canal Street, bringing expanded dental and primary care services to its North Shore.  A $2 million loan from Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap) supported the renovation to create the clinic and purchase new, state-of-the-art medical and dental equipment.

CHCR is a federally qualified health center and patient-centered medical home, with four clinics across the North Shore providing a range of primary care, dental, behavioral health, and enabling services, including case management, community health workers, care coordination, referrals management, and enrollment into Medicaid and other third part insurances for the medically underserved and low-income residents. CHCR began offering dental care in 2014 to address the severe shortage of dental providers on Staten Island accepting low-income patients.

Over the years, CHCR has been a leader in promoting maternal and child health across the region. It is the founding agency behind the Staten Island Perinatal Network for Better Birth Outcomes, a coalition dedicated to reducing infant mortality rates and improving health outcomes for vulnerable mothers.

Some of CHCR’s organizational accomplishments include the award of a $1.7 million, five-year Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative grant from the New York State Department of Health and a $3.5 million, five-year grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to establish case management and supportive services for at-risk mothers and infants.

“We’re grateful for V-Cap’s flexible financing that supported the opening of our new clinic on Canal Street,” said Henry Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of CHCR, “It’s exciting to be able to offer a more comprehensive range of health services to people in the Stapleton and St. George neighborhoods.”

CHCR expects more than 2,100 patients to make nearly 8,400 dental and primary care visits at full capacity.  The clinic, on the second floor of the Canal Street location, houses six dental stations for pediatric and adult oral care, and three medical exam rooms. It complements CHCR’s larger primary care clinic on the third floor of the same building, which opened in April 2016.

“Investing in CHCR’s new site is in line with our mission to increase access to care in underserved areas,” said Steve Weingarten, Chief Executive Officer of V-Cap.  “CHCR’s patient-centered care model and leadership in the Staten Island Perinatal Network demonstrate real commitment to improving community health.”

V-Cap provides facility, business and bridge loans, including short-term advances against permanent financing and/or capital awards. Visit vitalcap.org to learn more.

For more information about CHCR, please visit http://www.chcrichmond.org/

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Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap) is a financial partner for healthcare providers that are building better care for the most vulnerable communities, and better jobs for the frontline healthcare workforce. Visit vitalcap.org to learn more.

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