Community breaks ground on Hilltop health care center

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Norm Dicks, and Hilltop Business District President Eric Crittendon gathered with community...

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Norm Dicks, and Hilltop Business District President Eric Crittendon gathered with community members Wednesday to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for Community Health Care’s new three-story, 54,000-square-foot building in the Hilltop neighborhood.

When completed next spring, the facility, which will be located at 1202 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, will offer an urgent care services clinic to serve 3,000 people annually; ongoing preventative medical care for low-income residents serving 17,000 medical patients annually; a family practice residency program in partnership with St. Joseph Hospital; a dental clinic that provides provide emergency, preventive and restorative services for all ages, focusing on early screening for all children and sealants for school-age children; and an on-site pharmacy that will provide high-quality and low-cost medications and serve as the center for programs to monitor and manage diabetic patients and for smoking cessation plans.

The estimated cost of the new center is $17.3 million. The parking will cost an additional $4.7 million. The grand total with contingencies and taxes is $23 million. Community Health Care received a $12 million grant to launch the project and a State of Washington Capital grant of $1.5 million.

For more information, visit commhealth.org/hilltop-regional-health-center.

To read the Tacoma Daily Index’s complete and comprehensive coverage of Community Health Care’s Hilltop Regional Health Center, click on the following links:

Community leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for Community Health Care's new three-story, 54,000-square-foot building in the Hilltop neighborhood. (PHOTO COURTESY HILLTOP BUSINESS DISTRICT)
Community leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony for Community Health Care’s new three-story, 54,000-square-foot building in the Hilltop neighborhood. (PHOTO COURTESY HILLTOP BUSINESS DISTRICT)
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