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Construction to begin on new health center in Roanoke

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About 100 public and health care officials gathered Wednesday in Roanoke for the groundbreaking of a $10.7 million community health center. 
New Horizons Healthcare (NHH) is building a 32,000-sqare-foot building at 3716 Melrose Ave. NW.  The nonprofit provides primary medical services to patients in the Roanoke area, offering a range of health and medical services, without regard to patient income or insurance status. 

Over the past 10 years, New Horizons has seen an increase in patient visits, from 4,300 in 2001 to more than 13,000 in 2010.  The new building will increase the number of medical exam rooms for family practice and pediatrics, add a pharmacy and dental clinic and expand the company’s mental health services program. “Once complete, the health-care center will quickly become a community anchor. We believe the building will be a catalyst for continued business growth and community enrichment along the Melrose corridor,” Eileen Lepro, NHH’s executive director, said in a statement.

New Horizons Healthcare is one of only five centers in the state to receive money through the federal Affordable Care Act.  About 98 percent of the project, or $10. 6 million, is being financed by Federal Capital Development Grant funds. The new facility will replace a smaller clinic that currently operates in donated space at the Lewis-Gale Medical Center building.

Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. is the general contractor.


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