Neighborhood Health Station to be dedicated in Central Falls

Unionized caregivers from Blackstone Valley Community Health Center called off a planned strike after reaching a last-minute contract agreement. / COURTESY BLACKSTONE VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

CENTRAL FALLS – State and local officials will be on hand Monday to dedicate Neighborhood Health Station, a 47,000-square-foot facility that provides medical, dental, behavioral health and diagnostics.

The $16 million center on Broad Street is part of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care. It has been touted as the first of its kind in the country to offer comprehensive low-cost health care for up to 85% of Central Falls’ population in one location.

The project expands Blackstone’s Central Falls existing clinical space by adding exam and dental rooms, offices and laboratory and radiology services, along with space for occupational therapy and substance-use disorder treatment.

“Our organization’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, comprehensive health care to the residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls using a model of primary care that stresses prevention, education and patient empowerment,” Blackstone Executive Director Raymond Lavoie said last year as the project was taking shape.

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Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa are among those planning to join Blackstone Valley Community Health Care executives for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the building.

Last year, Blackstone received a $25,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Bank and a $100,000 matching donation from Teknor Apex CEO Jonathan Fain for use toward the new center.

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