The Community Health Center of the North Country‘s renovation of a 15,000-square-foot building at 102 Ford Street in Ogdensburg, into a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), is moving forward after receiving $3.4 million from the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Program.
Community Health Center of the North Country (CHCNC) has been planning this renovation since 2015. Officials from the health center said the importance of the state grant cannot be understated. Without the investment from the state, they said, it could have taken many years to find all necessary funding for the health center.
The empty building being renovated was formerly owned by the Canadian electronics manufacturer Filtran Inc., and has been vacant for years.
When completed, the new facility will occupy a sizable portion of the mostly-empty pedestrian mall space in Ogdensburg, and provide a wide range of medical services ranging from pediatrics to case management.
Community Health Center of the North Country expects to have an official opening — at least for the primary care stage of the facility — in about a year.
Money from the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Program will also benefit other healthcare organizations in the North Country, including Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and River Hospital in Alexandria Bay.
Major Impacts On Healthcare and Economic Activity
The Ogdensburg project will be similar to other facilities operated by Community Health Center of the North Country in Canton, Gouverneur, and Malone. In 2016, providers at these three facilities saw almost 12,500 patients (which resulted in close to 44,000 visits); generated close to $12 million in economic activity; and saved the healthcare system over $14 million. As a whole, the organization employs around 600 people.
The new facility in Odgensburg will fill a void in the community by serving patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. This is the mission of all Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Through their new facility, the Community Health Center of the North Country looks forward to working with Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, United Helpers, and other providers already serving the healthcare needs of the community.
CHCNC is part of a national network of community health centers serving over 25 million patients including: 300,000 veterans, 1 in 6 Medicaid beneficiaries, nearly 1.2 million homeless, and over 7.5 million children. To find our more about the impact of health centers in America visit the National Association of Community Health Centers.