FLINT — After a comprehensive assessment of the community’s current and future health care needs, Genesys plans to open a facility in downtown Flint. Genesys is partnering with Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation and Uptown Developments to open the Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center at 420 S. Saginaw Street. The facility is scheduled to open July 2013.
“By opening this facility, Genesys is bringing the right level of medical care to the right population in the right location,” reports Elizabeth Aderholdt, Genesys Health System president and CEO, who, along with Tim Herman, Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO, made the announcement of this initiative at a press conference held recently at the Chamber.
Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center will include an urgent care clinic, a retail Pharmacy, an internal medicine health care clinic, and a women’s health care clinic.”
Over the years, patient care volumes have shown the need for urgent care facilities, not emergency care. Trends have shown the majority of patients using emergency departments actually needed urgent care,” said Aderholdt. “As the revitalization of the Flint area continues — as we all have been witnessing over the last few years – the need for medical care also will continue to increase.”
The facility provides easy access for students, those who use public transportation and those who live and work nearby, Aderholdt points out.
“The Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center is our promise to the residents of Flint that we are here, not only to keep you healthy, but to share in a vital partnership to revitalize this community, to help it grow and flourish … today, tomorrow and for future generations,” said Aderholdt.
Genesys is making a $3 million investment over seven years to open this facility. Approximately 60 employees from the Genesys West Flint Health Center will move to the new location, and Genesys hopes to create at least 10 more jobs. As the need for health care services increases in the city, Genesys anticipates offering more employment opportunities.
“This is great news for the citizens of Flint,”said Herman. “Downtown Flint is an excellent location for urgent care services, and Genesys will make quality health care accessible to more people. We are proud to have worked with Genesys, Uptown Developments, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation and the City of Flint to make this project a reality.”
“As a major employer in Genesee County, it is our duty to step forward and work side by side with our community partners to help shape the future of this area,” Aderholdt said. “Genesys is looking forward to working closely with Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, Uptown Developments and the City of Flint as we open Genesys Downtown Flint Health Center and explore more opportunities together to help revitalize this community.” — Paula Barbee