Caring Health Center / Community Health Center (CHC), located at 1049 Main St., dedicated as the Richard E. Neal Complex at a dedication ceremony held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
CHC was just beginning construction on its Main Street location when the building was ravaged by the June 2011 tornado, causing $1.2 million in damages. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been instrumental in guiding fund-raising efforts, securing federal appropriations and grants to help CHC complete the project, and for championing the New Markets Tax Credit, the program that financed the bulk of the project.
“Congressman Neal has completely dedicated himself to this cause,” said Tania Barber, president and CEO of Caring Health Center. “This dedication is our way of saying thank you.”
CHC is a Section 330 federally qualified community health center, offering medical and dental service to uninsured and underserved populations. The Main Street location is the only refugee health-assessment site in Western Mass. and the largest in the state. It contains medical, dental, WIC, counseling, behavioral-health and administrative offices, as well as a wellness center and a pharmacy. Caring Health Center also has medical facilities on Sumner Avenue and Boston Road in Springfield.