SPRINGVALE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Until early next year, York County will remain the only county in Maine without a community health center to serve the needs of people seeking access preventative health services.
"Up to this point, the existing services have done a great job, but there is still a great need, " explained Marty Sabol, director of health services for York County Community Health Care.
He says with limited resources, they have focused their efforts on providing services to people who are homeless or live in public housing facilities, but soon will be opening their doors on a new facility that will allow them to triple the number of people they serve.
Thanks to a $600,000 grant from the Affordable Care Act, a new community health center will soon be under construction in a former science center at the old Nasson College campus in Springvale. The 10,000 square foot facility will have 12 medical exam rooms, 9 dental operatories and put medical, dental and behavioral services all under one roof.
"With the new grant, we are going to be able to serve the entire community," stated Sabol. "We are going to be able to serve more people. We are going to expand our staff in order to serve up to 6000 people in the next two years."
While the new facility will not open its doors until the first of the year, York County Community Health Care is already accepting new patients who are looking for a primary care provider. You can contact them at 207-490-6900 for more information.