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Bristol County Savings Bank Awards $25,000 Grant to Blackstone Valley Community Health Care

TAUNTON, MA, September 20, 2018 — Bristol County Savings Bank (BCSB), with headquarters in Taunton, Massachusetts and offices throughout Bristol County Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Pawtucket, recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC) to finish constructing the third floor of its new Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station (CFNHS) at 1000 Broad Street. BVCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that currently provides medical, pediatric, dental, behavioral health and optometry services to patients at seven locations in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

Scheduled for completion this fall, the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station – the first of its kind in the United States – will offer comprehensive, high quality, low cost healthcare services to 85% of the Central Falls population in one location. The $16 million project expands BVCHC’s existing Central Falls clinical space from 12,500 sq. ft. to 47,000 sq. ft. and will include 34 medical exam rooms, 8 dental operatories, 6 behavioral health offices, a large community meeting room, a 340B contract pharmacy, an office for community partners and a Fire Department EMT office. The CFNHS will also feature on-site laboratory and radiology, occupational therapy and substance use treatment services provided by others in the community.

“I want to thank Bristol County Savings Bank for its commitment to our vision of a healthy community. One in which a clinical enterprise has the capacity to care for and provide a culture of health to the residents of Central Falls.” said Raymond Lavoie, Executive Director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care. “We intend to get to know the residents and help them understand their health risks and how to use health services appropriately. We also intent to facilitate healthy environment and lifestyle choices built around healthy eating and physical activity as well as the connectedness of our neighbors.” Lavoie added that fifty percent (50%) of Central Falls residents live in households that rely on public transportation, making access to a breadth of medical services at a single location critical to the health of the local population.

“As a community bank, this project’s mission of enhancing the overall community while improving the health of its individuals really resonated with us,” said Patrick Murray, President & CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank. “We look forward to the opening of the Neighborhood Health Station and seeing the various ways it will positively impact the residents of Central Falls.”