DESIGN: Two Local Health Centers Utilize HRSA Grants for New Dental Projects

Written by: Greg Lewis, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Artekna Design, Office of Architecture P.C., November, 2016

In May of this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to build and renovate facilities to serve more patients. The grants were administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the funding came from the Affordable Care Acts Community Health Center Fund. HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell stated that "Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve."

Engaging Artekna for design services, two Central Indiana health providers, designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) by HRSA, utilized grant money to refurbish and/or expand their dental services to provide comprehensive dental care regardless of a patient's ability to pay. These centers included Raphael Health Center at 401 East 34th Street in Indianapolis and Jane Pauley Community Health Center at 5317 E. 16th Street in Indianapolis. Raphael Health Center gutted and renovated their existing dental clinic to create space for five dental chairs and to relocate the dental reception to the main lobby area. The Jane Pauley Community Health Center built out an existing shell space at their 16th Street facility to add a new dental program at this location. The new dental suite includes three dental chairs, a lab, a new reception area, and a new waiting area.