Russell Neighborhood Health Center on the way

The Park DuValle Community Health Center is expanding its footprint in the Russell neighborhood by building a $3 million clinic at the corner of 15th Street and West Broadway.

A groundbreaking will be held 9 a.m. Friday for the 11,000-square-foot Russell Neighborhood Health Center.

The center is set to open next year, replacing a smaller clinic, located on West Chestnut Street, and will accommodate more patients.

“We have about 3,000 Russell patients already. We hope to serve more than double that number with the new facility,” said Chief Executive Ann Hagan-Grigsby.

The center is designed to ensure that Russell has “access to quality health care with a variety of services,” regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

The Russell Neighborhood Health Center is being developed at 15th Street and Broadway. | Photo by Darla Carter

The rising development is within a few blocks of the high-profile YMCA and Passport Health Plan construction projects, and takes place at a time when Russell is undergoing a makeover that includes mixed-income housing and a sporting complex.

“We’re really excited to be a part of the Russell community transformation, and this will make a difference for our existing patients and patients throughout the community who may need additional access to care,” Hagan-Grigsby said.

In addition to continuing to offer adult medicine and dental services like the old Russell clinic, the new center will be adding pediatrics and women’s health. It also will offer behavioral health, using telehealth technologies.

Also, “as we look at what the demand is for services, we can modify and add to what we do, or remove things,” Hagan-Grigsby said. “We can look at what the needs are of the community.”

The center, near Fifth Third Bank, could be open before Derby or, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, by June, said Hagan-Grigsby.

“It’s a much-more high-profile spot,” she said, plus “it’s on a major bus route” and “it’s handicapped accessible.”

She said she hopes the center will attract patients from inside and outside the neighborhood.

“Patients don’t have to think if they have insurance or live outside of the neighborhood they can’t come there,” she said. “There are no geographic boundaries to our service area and patients with or without insurance and patients who are even undocumented can receive care at any of our clinics.”