CentroMed, a non-profit community health center agency, celebrated the groundbreaking of its latest health and wellness center March 10. The 15,000 square-foot primary care clinic will focus on family medicine, women’s health services, and pediatric and dental care. The clinic will serve the Indian Creek neighborhood and surrounding communities on the city’s Southwest Side. The service area is home to more than 82,000 residents, designated “medically underserved” and identified as a high-risk area for public health-related problems, according to a news release.
With little to no access to primary health care and associated services, area health disparities include: lack of access to prenatal care services, as well as a high prevalence of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, the release stated. To provide access to quality, comprehensive services, CentroMed is building a six-acre health and wellness center, made possible by partnerships of several local entities, including: Bexar County, the city of San Antonio, the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the San Antonio Area Foundation (the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation), Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, the Mabee Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, Mary A. Peterson Wyatt Charitable Trust, and the CentroMed board of directors.
CentroMed originally bought the once-undeveloped six-acre tract at Ray Ellison Boulevard and Old Pearsall Road where it is building the new clinic. Bexar County then entered the picture to form a partnership with CentroMed. The county is leasing the property for $1 yearly as part of a 30-year agreement. CentroMed set up a $9 million fundraising goal for the entire project, which includes an 18,000-square-foot wellness center on the property. The county will contribute $3 million to help support construction of the wellness center, which will have a gym, and courses on nutrition and exercise.