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WNCCHS—McDowell Health Center Begins Expansion to Broaden Health Services

Marion, NC – Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS) is excited to announce the start of construction on a significant expansion at WNCCHS—McDowell Health Center, located at 136 Creekview Court. Overseen by RYSE Construction, the project will enhance the center's offerings by adding an on-site pharmacy, care management services, and expanded behavioral health and primary care services.


Funded in part by grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), The Cannon Foundation, and the Gateway Wellness Foundation, this expansion reflects WNCCHS’s commitment to providing accessible, high-quality health care to all community members. McDowell Health Center, the only Community Health Center in McDowell County, serves patients with and without insurance, including those on Medicaid and Medicare. WNCCHS's sliding fee program ensures health care remains affordable for families of all sizes and incomes.


“This expansion underscores our dedication to addressing the health care needs of McDowell County,” said Kim Wagenaar, WNCCHS CEO. “The introduction of an on-site 340B pharmacy and the enhancement of our services mark a significant step forward in ensuring this community has access to the comprehensive care it deserves.”


RYSE Construction, a local commercial construction company specializing in health care and industrial projects, has been chosen for this crucial expansion.


“We're thrilled to partner with WNCCHS on this pivotal project at McDowell Health Center,” said Ethan Young, President and Founder of RYSE Construction. “Our team is committed to delivering a facility that reflects the community's needs and enhances the capacity for patient care.”


This project is made possible through generous grants: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has contributed $589,000 toward construction, reflecting its mission to improve health care services for those who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable, through its Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE).


The Cannon Foundation has contributed $75,000 towards construction costs, continuing its tradition of funding projects that support the health and welfare of North Carolina communities, a vision shared by its founder, Charles A. Cannon. Additionally, a $35,000 grant from the Gateway Wellness Foundation will assist in equipping the new pharmacy, in alignment with its goal to enhance health outcomes and quality of life across Western North Carolina by addressing social determinants of health.


The expansion is slated for completion in August 2024.



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