OGDEN -- The federal government has awarded Midtown Community Health Center in Ogden a $3.5 million grant that will allow the facility to complete a long-awaited expansion project to serve about 4,100 new patients annually.
The grant was announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Lisa Nichols, executive director of the center, said the grant will fully fund a 10,350-square-foot expansion of the center's existing facility at 2240 Adams Ave.
"It allows us to expand the facility without taking on existing debt or an extended fundraising project," she said. "It allows us to better serve the community."
The grant is being awarded through the federal government's Affordable Care Act. A total of $727 million is being issued to 143 community health centers across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality care.
The two-story expansion at Midtown will include a dozen new medical and 10 dental exam rooms, administrative offices, a conference room and a reconfigured pharmacy.
Midtown also plans to add three additional medical providers as a result of the expansion, Nichols said. The center is currently served by nine medical providers.
Work on the expansion that has been on the drawing board since 2008 is expected to begin by the end of the year and will be completed by September 2012, Nichols said.
Midtown plans to renew its development agreement with the city, enabling the project to move forward, she said.
The center has already purchased property for the expansion.
When the expansion is complete, Midtown expects that the number of patients served will increase from about 26,000 to 30,000 annually, Nichols said.
Midtown serves Medicaid and Medicare patients and individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.
About 30 percent of the center's funding is from federal grants, and about 40 percent is from Medicaid, Medicare and patient fees, with the remainder coming from donations, Nichols said.
In addition to Ogden, the center currently operates facilities in Farmington, Layton and Washington Terrace.