The project involved the new construction of a 34,570 square foot building whose primary tenant is a Federally Qualified Health Center focused on serving the indigent and under insured. The newly constructed building allowed for significant growth for Spectrum Health Services (SHS). The new facility is located on a major bus line, allowing access from the entire city, and is designed to achieve Silver LEED certification.
The project is cited in an area noted as both highly distressed and medically underserved. According to the 2009 Uniform Data System report, SHS serves more Medicaid users than the state average – 55.1% of all persons served versus 42.5% for the average Community Health Center in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, 27.2% of SHS’s patients were uninsured, creating a total of 82.3% of its patient base stemming from low-income populations. This distinction is notable as private pay patients typically have a higher premium rate for services than that paid by Medicaid.