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Health Center in Charlestown Opens



Valley News Correspondent
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Charlestown  — A new health center that is double the size of the facility it is replacing will open for patients today.

Construction on the 8,200-square-foot Charlestown Health Center in the CEDA Industrial Park off Route 12A began last fall on an 8 acre parcel acquired by Springfield Medical Care Systems.

SMCS will own the health center. It also owns Springfield Hospital and other “federally qualified” health centers, serving southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire.

SMCS said prior to seeking the required local approvals that the new center was being built to address growing health care needs in the area, especially for primary care.

The center will have four primary care providers, one more than Charlestown Family Medicine, which was located in the center of town.

A new service that will be available is an X-ray room.

The center also offers family medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health services.

SMCS officials said last year they did not have a lot of options when looking at different locations with available acreage and this one fit their needs the best. Some of the land — 2.5 acres — was donated by Whelen Engineering, a major local employer also located in the CEDA park, which is a few miles north of the town center.

To expand at the current location, SMCS said it would have had to add a second or third floor at their existing location to have the same amount of space as the new health center.

In addition to the primary care providers, the health center will have six support staff and 25 parking spaces for patients.

Part of the $2.5 million in construction costs — $1 million — came from a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.