LUBBOCK, TX -- After years of planning and fundraising, the Community Health Center of Lubbock broke ground on a new, improved facility.
The groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the location of the future building, 1610 5th St. At the ceremony, doctors spoke of the issues they've had in the old facilities including problems with heating, air conditioning and gas leaks.
CEO Michael Sullivan said this new building will allow the center to see an additional 4,831 new patients and add weekend and evening hours.
The Community Health Center provides low-cost healthcare to thousands of families across the South Plains, some who otherwise would not be able to afford it.
"We have all kinds of a patients. Last year we had 28,000 patients that came to us for close to 80,000 visits from all walks of life here in Lubbock. So we will serve anybody that comes, if they have insurance or not insurance," said Sullivan.The new facility will cost an estimated $14.5 million. CHCL has raised $7.5 million so far, but are still looking for donations. If you'd like to donate, visit chclubbock.com or call 806-765-2611 ext 1029.