NEWARK - The City of Newark opened a new federally qualified health center Tuesday in the Central Ward to provide much-needed medical and dental services to the community.
Mayor Cory Booker was there to cut the ribbon on the new facility, which features 22 examination rooms, a triage unit, an urgent care center, lab, and suites for specialty care.
The center will offer internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, medical and surgical sub-specialties, pharmacy, X-ray, and mental health services.
The facility was financed primarily with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "We decided to embark on the opportunity to apply for stimulus funds for renovation and construction and that's how we're here today," says L'Tanya Williamson, director of the Department of Child and Family Well-Being.
The center will support the Affordable Care Act by providing dedicated application counselors to explain coverage options and assist residents with enrollment.