Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the opening of the new Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC) in Boston. The center, a $34 million, 59,000-square foot facility, was supported by $11.5 million through President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project created 600 construction jobs, with 90 new permanent jobs expected over the next three years.
"Thanks to the Obama Administration, we are increasing access to quality, affordable health care and creating good jobs in the communities that need it most," said Governor Patrick.
Governor Patrick participated in the health center's groundbreaking on September 10, 2010.
The new center will enable MCHC to double the number of patients it serves and triple the number of patient visits. In 2011, Mattapan Community Health Center served more than 7,500 people through 30,000 visits. The new facility will also expand dental, pediatric, adolescent health services, and for the first time, provide onsite mammography services.
"The Mattapan Community Health Center is great example of federal stimulus funds making a real difference in our neighborhoods," said Representative Mike Capuano, co-founder of the Congressional Community Health Centers Caucus. "With additional space, staff will be able to see more patients, as well as expand a range of health services such as dental, adolescent and pediatric health care. I am happy to be here today celebrating with the MCHC community."
MCHC is a comprehensive health delivery organization that serves individuals from the Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Boston, as well as adjacent Boston suburbs like Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton. It is the only community health center in Mattapan and Hyde Park. Established in 1972 as the Avenue Neighborhood Health Center, it was incorporated in 1974 with its current name. The center is committed to its mission of improving the quality of life for residents of Mattapan and surrounding communities by providing comprehensive, accessible, affordable and culturally appropriate community health care services, including primary and preventive health services.
Massachusetts leads the nation in health care coverage for its residents. Thanks to the Patrick-Murray Administration's successful implementation of the 2006 landmark health care reform law, more than 98 percent of Massachusetts residents have health care coverage, including 99.8 percent of children -- something no other state in America has achieved. In August, Governor Patrick launched the next phase of health care reform, signing legislation that builds on the Commonwealth's nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents.
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009 to stimulate the nation's economy and put people back to work. With Governor Patrick's advocacy, Massachusetts received $7.5 billion in Recovery Act awards since the start of the program. Of that amount, $7.17 billion has been committed to state projects and $7.1 billion of the committed awards have already been spent to support programs and projects across the Commonwealth, including 423 projects worth $2.62 billion that are fully completed. The $7.1 billion spent is comprised of $4.34 billion toward direct benefits, such as Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid, and $2.76 billion to programs and infrastructure projects throughout the state.