Health care officials and members of the state’s congressional delegation will break ground Wednesday morning for Community Health Care’s new regional health care center in Tacoma’s Hilltop business district.
Construction on the three-story, 54,000-square-foot structure is now scheduled to begin in June with completion in July of next year. The new facility will be built at 1202 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, about midway between Tacoma’s two major hospitals, MultiCare Tacoma General and St. Joseph.
The site once was the site of a First Interstate Bank branch closed and demolished several years ago.
The health care center will serve 200 to 300 patients a day with urgent care, medical and dental services on a sliding fee scale primarily to low-income and uninsured residents in Pierce County.
Attending the 11 a.m. groundbreaking will be Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and U.S. Reps Adam Smith (D-WA) and Norm Dicks (D-WA). They will join locally elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the new structure’s start.
A $12 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant is helping to fund the center’s construction.
The new Hilltop center will replace the organization’s existing downtown clinic a few blocks away.
About 130 full-time employed staff will be working five days a week at this facility.
Construction is expected to generate approximately 60 jobs.