Primary medical care, clinic, a full-service pharmacy and another university connection for Haverhill are coming this summer when Haverhill Family Health Center opens at 755 Main St.
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which already provides a mobile health center at GAR Park in Haverhill, formally announced the plan for the center at a meeting last night of its Business Leaders Network. President and CEO John Silva said there is heavy demand for the center in Haverhill.
“It’s a culmination of recognizing a need within a region that we try to do something about—we serve 4,000 folks from Haverhill—but there is an incredible need within the City of Haverhill. There are folks that are on state assistance. There are folks that are uninsured, so we’re really excited about that,” Silva told the crowd.
The center will operate in partnership with Holy Family Hospital and Regis College, which will offer a nurse practitioner residency program.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Saifur Rahman told WHAV the Haverhill center will occupy 8,200 square feet and feature 13 examination rooms, primary care and behavioral health clinic, pharmacy and the nurse practitioner residency program affiliated with Regis College. Senior Vice President Rich Napolitano added the academic program is being modeled after the organization’s successful Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program. That program just received a $100,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation.
Silva said his board has focused on opening such a center for 12-13 years. The Main Street center will also serve as an economic development initiative for the strip shopping center near Primrose Street. Haverhill Family Health Center fills a vacant storefront formerly occupied by Dollar Tree.
Besides the mobile unit that comes to Haverhill, Dr. Ryan Dono said he coordinates homeless care programs in Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill and Tewksbury. The program serves 10 shelters and five other drop-in centers or soup kitchens with special attention given to addiction problems. In fact, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is the only federally qualified health care for the homeless program north of Boston.