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CDH Greenfield Center for Wellness to Host Grand Opening April 20

GREENFIELD — A vision for a more seamless model of care that breaks down barriers and encourages partnership is the cornerstone of the CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness, which joins emotional healthcare, primary health, and dental care under one roof.  The new CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness is set to open this Friday, April 20 with a grand-opening event at 9:30 a.m. in the facility’s lower level at 102 Main St. in Greenfield.

“The CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness is proud to be a new partner in healthcare for families in Greenfield and surrounding towns,” said Jim Goodwin, president and CEO of CHD. “In creating this new space, we did so with a deep and trusted and partnership grounded in collaboration. This seamless delivery of services will mean better, faster, and easier access to care for residents of Greenfield and its many surrounding towns — one center, multiple service deliveries, all designed to reduce the complexity of seeing numerous vendors in various locations.”

The CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness is an integrated care partnership of CHD, a CARF-accredited provider of human services in Western Mass., and Community Health Center of Franklin County (CHCFC), a federally qualified care organization providing primary medical care and dental care. Both CHD and Community Health Center have been delivering healthcare in the region for many years.

“CHD invested nearly $6 million to transform an historic building that had long been empty into a new community resource,” Goodwin explained. “It combines the physical components of healthcare, such as preventive screenings, referrals to specialists, and immunizations, with clinical services, such as counseling for emotional wellness and access to wrap-around social services such as community-based flexible supports.”

In this integrated-care setting, primary care providers can refer their clients for individual or family therapy, support dual diagnosis treatment and mentoring services for people who are struggling with addiction, and provide access to a wide range of other services, all in one location.

“Integrated Care is much better than the traditional isolated service model that often requires trips from one provider to another, even for healthcare issues that are connected,” Goodwin said. “CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness puts multiple, complementary services in one location, saving time and money and promoting better outcomes.”

The local annual economic impact of the CHD Greenfield Center for Wellness is forecast at more than $11 million. About 80 professional employees will be working at the facility, and hundreds of clients are expected to visit the site daily. Goodwin said he expects a ripple effect with growth in retail businesses that want to support the new foot traffic.

Legislators, key CHD and CHCFC staff, board members, and leadership from local businesses, including nonprofit organizations, will be attendance. State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and the office of state Rep. Paul Mark will present State House citations during Friday’s program.