Greenbelt medical clinic to serve low- and moderate-income patients in Pr. George’s

A nonprofit medical clinic aimed at serving low- and moderate-income patients is slated to open in Greenbelt next week.

Community Clinic at Franklin Park will offer primary medical care, mental health care and dental care in a 10,000-square-foot refurbished grocery store training center. The clinic, which held an open house Wednesday, is in the midst of a 6,000-resident garden apartment community with many low- and moderate-income tenants near Greenbelt Road. The clinic is expected to see up to 35 patients a day.

Nearby, there are many private medical practices, but few that serve large numbers of low-income residents, county data show.

“Having affordable health care here in the heart of Franklin Park is a wise choice,” said Greenbelt council member Emmett Jordan.

Founded by Community Clinic Inc., a Montgomery County nonprofit, the Franklin Park clinic is the first of what Prince George’s officials hope will be several new primary care practices established in the next few years. More than 80,000 of Prince George’s nearly 1 million residents lack health insurance, and there is a shortage of primary care practices throughout the county, even for those who have insurance, county data show.

Betty Hager Francis, the county’s deputy chief administrative officer for health and human services, said new clinics such as the Greenbelt facility will help form the “safety net” as part of a county plan to expand access to health care. The county is in the process of finalizing plans for a proposed 259-bed regional hospital, which will also have its own primary care medical network.

Prince George’s contributed $300,000 towards construction and start-up operating costs for the Greenbelt clinic. Other donors to the $2.3 million project include Dimensions Healthcare System; Riverside Health; United Healthcare; and Washington Adventist Hospital.

Miranda Spivack writes about government and politics in the suburbs, based in the Post’s bureau in Largo in Prince George’s County.
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