Center for Health and Wellness expanding lobby, adding Wi-Fi access

05/19/2014 4:49 PM

08/08/2014 10:24 AM

The Center for Health and Wellness, 2707 E. 21st St., is undergoing a $130,000 expansion of its lobby to accommodate a growing number of patients, according to Teresa Lovelady, CEO of the center.

“We’ve expanded our services,” Lovelady said. “We now have integrated mental health services, substance abuse and primary care, so we have more people coming in and out of the building.”

Last year, the center served about 4,000 patients, Lovelady said.

The project includes expanding the lobby outward at the front of the building and into the playground area at the center.

The project also include wireless Internet access for clients.

Devices, including eight to 10 tablets, will be available for patients to access the Internet and to sign up for services, such as Medicaid.

“People in the community need to access the Internet for health purposes, whether they need to access their own medical records through the Kansas Health Information Network, or even the marketplace when it comes time to enroll for insurance,” Lovelady said.

“We’ve always been an educational facility for the community. A lot of people utilize the space in front of the building and this will give additional space for our workshops.”

The center plans to complete the lobby project within two months, Lovelady said.

The project is being funded through a capital improvement grant from the Sunflower Foundation for $30,000 that will go toward buying the tablets, renovating the lobby and buying furniture.

The center also received a $50,000 grant from the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved for construction. The center is also investing an estimated $60,000 toward the project.

The center has also submitted a grant application to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration for $250,000 to go toward adding three mental health rooms, six exam rooms and meeting space. That addition would go the west of the current building.

In 2008, the center bought all of the land to Grove except the last corner lot at 21st and Grove, Lovelady said.

The center also applied for a HRSA grant that would allow the center to hire additional mental health staff.

The center will find out if it received those grants in September.

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