On September 27, 2013 Spectrum Health Services, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new community health center in West Philadelphia. The event was widely attended by community members, elected officials and press. Although there was much enthusiasm at the groundbreaking in August of 2012, nothing could top the excitement in the air when the ribbon was cut to officially welcome the new facility to the neighborhood.
The 36,000 square foot facility located at 5201 Haverford Avenue features a new dental health program, expanded behavioral health services and a demonstration kitchen to help teach healthy eating and cooking.
Remarks were heard by Phyllis B. Cater, President and Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Health Services; Senator Vincent J. Hughes, 7th Senatorial District; Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown, 190th Legislative District; Representative Dwight Evans, 203rd Legislative District; Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, 3rd District
The Health Center includes approximately $14 million in financing, led by a $2 million grant from the federal Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI), a $1.7 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as loans of $2.4 million, all administered through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC).
Spectrum Health Services, Inc. (SHS) is a 501c(3) non-profit community health agency and has been offering health and wellness services to Philadelphia women and families since 1967. In addition to the new center in West Philadelphia, Spectrum will continue to offer services through its North Philadelphia center at 1415 N. Broad Street.