Neighborcare Health will break ground for its new Meridian Center for Health on Friday at 10501 Meridian Ave. N. Then, in the fall of 2015, Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic, at 415 N. 85th St., will close and move into the new facility by Northgate.
The Meridian Center for Health is a partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County and Valley Cities mental health treatment.
The new site will be opened at the current site of the North Public Health Center. Neighborcare Health has been asked to assume operations of the primary care clinic at the North Public Health Center site beginning Jan.1, 2015. The new Meridian Center for Health is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
The new 44,000-square-foot facility will preserve care for the 7,000 patients currently provided at Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic and Public Health’s North Public Health Center, and will double access to provide a health care home for at least 14,000 patients. The Meridian Center for Health will offer low-income families primary medical and dental health (Neighborcare Health), specialty mental health and recover services (Valley Cities) and WIC nutrition and Maternity Support Services (Public Health).
North Seattle has the greatest percentage of low-income people not yet served by a community health center in the city of Seattle. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) population estimates, 22 percent of the total population (68,600 individuals) living in North Seattle (and Shoreline) is low-income, living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. HRSA estimates that 70 percent (48,220) of the low-income individuals in North Seattle are not served by a community health center.
The Meridian Center for Health is partially funded by a federal New Access Point grant under the Affordable Care Act as well as generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, The Cambia Foundation Health Foundation and numerous foundations and individuals. Neighborcare Health has launched a campaign to raise $3 million in philanthropic support to build the facility, and design and implement the integrated care model.