Five Rivers Health Centers opens a new $31M facility in Edgemont
“The four departments that moved to this site took up 50,000 square feet and exceeded all of their space,” McFarlane-El said. “Through the vision of our Board of Directors and our leadership, (we have been) encouraged to plan for future growth.”
Five Rivers says convenience is the goal so patients get comprehensive services in one place.
Health centers receive patients of all ages, including some without insurance, who are charged at a sliding scale. More than two-thirds of the patients they serve have Medicaid. About 12% have Medicare, 9% have commercial insurance, and 11% pay themselves or are uninsured.
Most Five Rivers patients live in west and northwest Dayton, a contributing factor to the facility’s location in Edgemont.
“Once our management team had a chance to read the strategic plan developed by neighbors Edgemont and Carrillon, we were hooked,” McFarlane-El said. “Given the warmth and vision we have experienced over the past two years in this neighborhood, for those who have never visited this neighborhood, we have a question for you and an invitation: Why aren’t you you not here in Edgemont? And we look forward to seeing you.
Dayton Mayor Jeffrey Mims was in attendance Wednesday and emphasized the importance of comprehensive health care, as well as the need for economic growth, as a determinant of healthy and thriving communities.
“It’s special in so many ways because we all know how important it is for us to have more and more economic development… (and) what’s happening here is another indication of how that you are all concerned and focused on making sure people in this community have good health care,” Mims said. “This center is representative of how you move to care for some of the changing concepts associated with medical care.”
Five Rivers Health Centers is a federally licensed health center designed to be accessible to all patients, including low-income and uninsured patients. The center is governed by a majority council of patients. In return for providing accessible health care, federally licensed health centers can access additional sources of government funding.