Chop­tank Health breaks new ground

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems broke ground on its new 19,000-square-foot med­i­cal fa­cil­ity Mon­day, Aug. 13, at 808 N. Fifth Street in Den­ton.

The project is fund­ing in part with a $441,000 grant from the Maryland De­part­ment of Health’s cap­i­tal pro­gram for fed­er­ally qual­i­fied health cen­ters. The one-story build­ing will dou­ble the size of the cur­rent Den­ton fa­cil­ity, and it is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Au­gust 2019.

“This project re­ally is a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our mis­sion at Chop­tank Com­mu­ni­tyHealth, and that is to pro­vide ac­cess to ex­cep­tional, af­ford­able care for all,” said Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems

CEO Sara Rich. “Our board of di­rec­tors have great pas­sion and in­tense fo­cus on pro­vid­ing ac­cess to needed health ser­vices to our com­mu­nity across the MidShore. This has been the guid­ing prin­ci­ple as we de­vel­oped the project plan for this site.”

Pe­di­atric den­tistry will be one of the new ser­vices com­ing to Chop­tank’s new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity. Chop­tank is able to ex­pand the ser­vice through a grant from the Maryland Com­mu­nity Re­sources Com­mis­sion. They also have part­nered with the Uni­ver­sity of Maryland Den­tial School.

The new fa­cil­ity also will ex­pand adult and pe­di­atric med­i­cal ser­vices. A be­hav­ioral health suite will be in­cor­po­rated for group and in­di­vid­ual ses­sions.

“De­sign com­po­nents will in­clude fea­tures that are wel­com­ing, friendly and that cre­ate a place that feels like home for chil­dren and fam­i­lies to re­ceive care,” Rich said. “A gar­den will be in­cor­po­rated as part of the fa­cil­ity’s grounds to pro­mote heal­ing for our pa­tients, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity as a whole.”

Chop­tank Board of Di­rec­tors Chair­per­son Sara Vis­in­tain­ter ac­cess to health care in ru­ral ar­eas has al­ways been a chal­lenge, but Chop­tank Health has been at the fore­front at ad­dress­ing that chal­lenge.

“The board rec­og­nized the need to re­place our Den­ton fa­cil­ity, not just be­cause of space lim­i­ta­tions but we want to con­tinue to ex­pand our needs for our pa­tients,” she said. “As a board, we are thrilled this build­ing will give us space to ex­pand ser­vices.”

The cer­e­mony came dur­ing Na­tional Health Cen­ter Week, a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod for Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health.

“Chop­tank is one of 1,400 health cen­ters na­tion­wide that serve 27 mil­lion pa­tients an­nu­ally,” Rich said. “Health cen­ters have a dis­tin­guished track record of suc­cess, and that in­cludes pro­duc­ing $24 bil­lion of an­nual health sys­tems sav­ings, re­duc­ing un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal­iza­tion and un­nec­es­sary visits to the emer­gency room.

“The he­roes, who work at Chop­tank and at health cen­ters around this county, help make ac­cess to ex­pec­ta­tional, af­ford­able care pos­si­ble for all,” she said. “This new Chop­tank fa­cil­ity will con­trib­ute to the on­go­ing suc­cess and the im­pact of the com­mu­nity cen­ter move­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health, visit www. chop­tankhealth.org.

Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorchester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

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An artist’s ren­di­tion of Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tem’s new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, which is be­ing con­structed on Fifth Street in Den­ton.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Chop­tank Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tem breaks ground on a new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity on Fifth Street in Den­ton dur­ing a cer­e­mony Mon­day, Aug. 13.

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