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