Construction underway on community health center

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KINGSTON – Construction has begun in the Pine Street Family Health Center at 140 Pine Street in Midtown Kingston.

Once open, the center, being built by the Institute for Family Health, is expected to serve 8,000 to 10,000 patients of all ages annually, regardless of ability to pay.

The Institute for Family Health and the Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute merged in 2007. The institute has since further expanded access to care in the region through development of community health programs and increasing the number of family medicine residents trained in Ulster County.

“Through the generosity of Peter Buffett and the Novo Foundation, we’ve been able to redesign and completely rebuild the building,” said Dr. David Mesches, head of the Mid-Hudson Family Health Institute. “It will represent how we integrate behavioral health into primary care and will be connected to the community. We want to make care on this side of the Hudson River the very best it can be.”

The Pine Street Family Health Center will offer primary medical care for adults and children of all ages, including preventive care, vaccinations and screenings, women’s and men’s health services, and care for chronic illnesses, as well as integrated behavioral health care. Services will be available to all, regardless of ability to pay.

The center will also hold community programming and wellness offerings in collaboration with other Kingston groups.

Funding for the construction is provided by Novo Foundation and the State Department of Health.