Friday, April 20, 2012
Broward Health Breaks Ground On New Healthcare for the Homeless Center
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – On April 17, delegates from Broward Health Community Health Services and the community attended the ceremonial groundbreaking of Broward Health’s new Healthcare for the Homeless Center. The new 7,200-square-foot facility will be located directly north of the current Healthcare for the Homeless Little House at 1101 W. Broward Boulevard, and will provide primary care services for the county’s homeless population.
“We do a whole lot with a little,” said Jasmin Shirley, vice president of Broward Health Community Health Services. “We want to say thank you for supporting us. The Little House is going to get a brand new big house.”
Funded entirely through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the new Healthcare for the Homeless Center will be a modern facility twice as large as the Little House and will provide greater efficiency in building layout and more exam rooms to increase the number of patients seen.
Project Manager Leon Woloch, from MBR Construction, is encouraged that the new building will bring help to Broward’s homeless, as well as adding aesthetically to Broward Boulevard. “Broward Health is going to get more people in a nicer facility. And, it will enhance the beautification of Broward County, which is a positive in every aspect,” he said.
“After 20 years, the Little House is due for a facelift,” said Frank Nask, CEO/President, Broward Health. “You can’t just have a mission statement and not subscribe to it. We at Broward Health believe we are living health care reform, and we are doing everything we can to support the community. We are incredibly proud of this supported effort.”
People such as Dr. Rosalind Osgood of Mount Olive Baptist Church, who gave the invocation and benediction, are especially moved by this project.
“As a former homeless person, when you don’t have a place to go, it exacerbates your situation, especially if you have health issues that can’t be addressed. This is holistically addressing the needs of the community. Insured or not, you can get health care. It will allow us to build relationships, and we can transition them from homelessness,” Osgood said.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Commander Michael Calderin agreed that the new Healthcare for the Homeless Center’s holistic approach will better serve the homeless community.
"On behalf of Sheriff Al Lamberti and members of the Broward Sheriff's Office, we salute Broward Health and related partners in this crucial initiative to protect the health and safety of our homeless community," said Calderin. "All health services will be here. It's a one-stop shop, and that's the best way to reach the homeless community."
The actual groundbreaking is scheduled to take place before the end of May. The center is expected to be completed in eight or nine months. Once occupied, the Little House will be demolished to create a parking lot for the new center.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.