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Nonprofit builds $15M health clinic

June 10, 2016
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Family Health Center Alcott Clinic Kalamazoo partial rendering
A partial rendering of the 50,000-square-foot Alcott Clinic in Kalamazoo that's expected to serve 30,000 underserved patients by its third year. Courtesy Family Health Center

A $15-million health clinic in the region that will serve low-income patients officially broke ground this week.

The clinic by the nonprofit Family Health Center will be a 50,000-square-foot facility in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood, on the 400 block of W. Alcott Street, west of Portage Street. The clinic hasn’t been officially named, but it's being referred to as the Alcott Clinic.

Family Health Center and the city of Kalamazoo partnered to locate the clinic on a brownfield redevelopment site at the location of the former Allied Paper Company.

Construction work on the project began in March, and the facility should be completed next March.

CSM Group is serving as the project's construction manager, and Eckert Wordell is the architect for the project.


The Alcott Clinic will feature 24 medical exam rooms and 25 dental operatory stations, with space to expand to an additional 24 exam rooms.

The clinic will offer a range of services: family practice; pediatrics; dental; pharmacy; health care education; behavioral health; case management; community health education; physical therapy; and occupational therapy.

Denise Crawford, president and CEO of Family Health Center, said the clinic will also create “one-stop shopping” for patients, due to a collaboration with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

"Crucial" need

Crawford said the Alcott Clinic will serve 30,000 patients by its third year of operation and meet a “crucial health care need in the community.”

Family Health Center serves 36,400 patients and records 105,000 health care visits a year across its seven locations.

Crawford said despite the organization’s reach, “many patients in low-income neighborhoods still struggle to access a quality health care clinic.”

“Our mission is to serve those patients with the best care possible,” she said.

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