Blackstone opens $6.7M community health center

FEDERAL AND LOCAL lawmakers joined in on the ribbon cutting for the new Blackstone Valley Community Health Center. (From left: Secretary Steven Costantino, R.I Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Rep. David Cicilline, Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Raymond J. Lavoie, executive director at Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, holding the scissors to cut the ribbon, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. Jerry Fingerut, medical director, Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Clark Phillips, chief financial officer, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts, Ronald Winter, chairman of the board, Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, and Jane Hayward, president and CEO of R.I. Health Center Association.)
Posted 10/23/12

PAWTUCKET – Blackstone Valley Community Health Center held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new health facility at 39 East Ave. on Monday.

The new three-story, $6.7 million facility, which features 33 exam rooms as well as an integrated behavioral health component, opened “on time and slightly under budget,” Raymond J. Lavoie, executive director of the health center, told more than 150 people who gathered for the ceremony.

Blackstone’s capability to provide high-quality medical care with lower costs to its patients was praised by a host of public officials, including Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts and Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien.

Reed praised Blackstone as a national model of “accessible, affordable, comprehensive high quality health care.”

On this day, Whitehouse said, the patients, the community and the health care workers are “all shining with smiles.”

Cicilline called Blackstone “a great example of how can deliver health care the right way,”

Chafee linked the good news of the new center’s opening with the good news of Rhode Island’s economy, citing the fact that five economic indicators for the state were the best since 2006.

Roberts also praised the health care services delivery model used by Blackstone, saying: “This is how you change the health of a community.”

Grebien called it a “major financial investment” in downtown Pawtucket.

Also speaking were Jane Hayward, president and CEO of the R.I. Health Center Association, Clark Phillips, chief financial officer at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, Dr. Jerry Fingerut, medical director at Blackstone, and Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, CEO of Women’s Care.

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