SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Thundermist Health Center received $5 million this week to build a new patient-centered facility at its 1 River St., Wakefield site.
The nonprofit community health center also received another $228,812 to renovate its West Warwick dental facility.
The funds are part of $6.2 million Rhode Island received in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act to support community health centers. The East Bay Community Action Program in Newport and the Comprehensive Community Action in Cranston also received $500,000 each.
The new grants will assist Rhode Island in supporting 2,700 more patients.
â€śItâ€™s exciting we have the opportunity to build a new facility in Wakefield on the existing property and provide care to thousands of more patients,â€ť stated Chuck Jones, President and CEO of Thundermist.
For several years Thundermist has planned to renovate its aging facility â€“ once a furniture store. To do this, Thundermist will construct the new facility on another piece of the property and demolish the existing building to serve as a parking lot.
The new 20,000 square foot facility will also for a patient-centered design, Jones said.
â€śIt will allow us to focus on the patient experience and allow us to have more medical team coordination,â€ť he added.