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Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network announced today the opening of a new clinic targeted at addressing critical issues that drastically affect the health of Milwaukee’s underserved communities — access to community-based primary care, dental hygiene, and pharmacy services. This clinic is made possible by a donation of approximately $6 million from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.
“We are beyond grateful for Froedtert & MCW’s support and for the trust they’ve instilled in Sixteenth Street to build upon our existing success and significantly expand the number of people we are able serve,” said Dr. Julie Schuller, president and chief executive officer of Sixteenth Street. “We will also be able to cast a wider net of services and address community-identified issues beyond our exam rooms, which has always been a critical part of how we operate and grow.”
The 13,000-square-foot clinic, located at 1135 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive, will occupy the ground level of a four-story mixed-use building. Above it will be three floors of apartments owned and operated by Cardinal Capital Management. Adds Schuller, “We have long known the important link between housing and health, especially for the vulnerable population we serve. Which is why we’re so excited to be part of a project that is taking direct aim at the housing needs in our community.”
The location for the new clinic was based on the need for increased access to primary care on Milwaukee’s south side, which has a shortage of health professionals and continues to experience worse health, economic, and social outcomes.
“Our mission is to advance the health of the communities we serve,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health. “This is a long-term investment in our community intended to achieve a sustained impact that will truly make a difference in people’s lives. We are happy to have found a site that is uniquely positioned to increase access to community-based primary care. This commitment aligns with our continued investments to serve the heart of Milwaukee and deliver the right care in the right place at the right time.”
Sixteenth Street will offer primary medical care, rotating specialty care, a full-service pharmacy, and dental hygiene services. The space will be home to four primary medical providers to serve an additional 8,000 primary care patients. The new clinic will also be a site for clinical learners.
The clinic is expected to open in late 2020.
About Sixteenth Street
For 50 years, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers has been helping and healing our community, providing quality, family-based health care, health education and social services free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers. Nearly 40,000 individuals rely on Sixteenth Street for adult and pediatric medical services, behavioral health and substance use counseling and treatment, chronic disease management, supportive social services and health education. Sixteenth Street is accredited by The Joint Commission and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Learn more at www.sschc.org.
About Froedtert & the Medical College
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. The health network operates eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and adult Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, an internationally recognized training and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. The Froedtert & MCW health network, which includes five hospitals, one of which is a nationally ranked academic medical center, more than 1,700 physicians and nearly 40 health centers and clinics, draws patients from throughout the Midwest and the nation. In its most recent fiscal year, outpatient visits exceeded 1.1 million, inpatient admissions to its hospitals were 52,483 and visits to its network physicians totaled 979,143. For more information, visit froedtert.com.