ANN ARBOR, me. – From 2015 to 2019, the number of patients using Packard Health doubled and the health center saw a 92% increase in annual visits.
In response, it will expand this summer to meet the needs of the growing number of Washtenaw County community members who use its services.
Packard Health provides a range of health services to underinsured and underserved community members, and works with more than 12,000 patients through two locations in Ann Arbor, one location in Ypsilanti, and satellite locations across the county.
This summer, the original health facility on Packard Road will move to 2650 Carpenter Road. The new building is more than twice as much square feet as the original and will enable state-of-the-art care, Packard Health said in a press release.
The expansion plan also includes adding a fourth health facility and 10 acres on 5200 Venture Drive in Pittsfield Township in the fall of 2022. The building and the surrounding property were donated to Packard Health at the end of 2019 by NuStep founders Dick and Norma Sarns, who supported us and the health center for over 25 years.
“We invested in Packard Health because we believe in its mission. We support his vision. said Norma Sarns in the press release. “At Packard Health, all patients are treated with dignity and respect.”
In 2020 the health center started its expansion campaign. The $ 8 million fundraiser misses the mark thanks to an anonymous Challenge Match donor and donations from members of the private community, foundations, and corporations by just $ 1 million.
The campaign gets a boost from a $ 250,000 Challenge Match offered by Duo Security co-founders Linh and Dug Song.
Beginning May 15, gifts and pledges will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $ 250,000 through the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s Song Family Fund, Packard Health said.
“We appreciate Packard’s longstanding commitment to making quality, affordable health care available to everyone in our community. The global pandemic has exposed systemic injustices and heightened injustices that so many are experiencing. Good health is an important building block for improving the quality of life and combating social injustice. We are excited to help Packard Health today overcome health inequalities while building a fairer future for the people in our community, ”said a press release.
About 52,000 people live in the district below the poverty line and many other community members are not insured according to health Packard Health. It works with Delonis Center, Avalon Housing at Miller Manor, Dawn Farm, Home of New Vision, Food Gatherers, Corner Health Center, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, Michigan Medicine, and other community organizations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health center also helped distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the Washtenaw County community.
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