Affordable Care Act grant will open Christ Community Health Services center in Raleigh

Christ Community Health Services will open a new health center in Raleigh with a $650,000 federal grant announced Tuesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the “new access point” grant to Christ Community as part of $101 million delivered through the federal Affordable Care Act for 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. territories.

With the first-year funding, Christ Community will expand to Raleigh with a health center located in a shopping center on Austin Peay near Yale. It will be housed in about 15,000-square-feet formerly occupied by an AJ Wright store, across from the Raleigh Springs Mall, said Shantell Leatherwood, chief administrative officer for Christ Community.

“Our plan is to open an 18-exam room primary care facility that would include oral health, and we’re considering a number of different partnerships in that area,” Leatherwood said.

Potential partnerships include with the Shelby County Health Department and a fitness center, she said.Christ Community anticipates serving about 7,800 patients in the first year for the Raleigh center. Its first-year staff would total about 32 full-time-equivalent jobs.

While no date for opening has been set, late fall is a hopeful estimate, according to Christ Community spokeswoman Cris Stovall.

The new grant is in addition to about $3.6 million in federal grants Christ Community receives each year.

Posted by Konica Pierce Sheffield at 6:00 AM

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