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Park West Health System receives $2.5M to expand, renovate Park Heights health center           
May 20, 2024


By: Lisa Robinson

The Park West Health System received $2.5 million in federal funding to renovate and expand the center upon which underserved Park Heights residents rely for comprehensive services.

The center provides health services not just in Baltimore, but across Maryland, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Members of the board and community gathered Monday morning, happy to see checks that will pay for the expansion and renovation of the center. The goal is to have a larger cohesive, modern building with room to add programming.

“Sometimes people can’t afford the price of health care, so this gives you opportunity to go by your income and get the health care you need,” said Frances Watkins, a Park Heights resident who uses the center for her health care needs.

While Watkins pays for her health care on a sliding scale, it’s important to note that the center will not turn anyone away.

“There are 14 federally qualified health centers in America. There are only 35 that have been recognized; Park West is one of 35 recognized for excellence,” said U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland.

Part of the money will be used to buy a mobile health center that can reach people where they are, and a behavioral health facility is being built for young people.

“We’re going to have youth advocacy, school-based therapy, trauma psychotherapy, group therapy,” said Dr. Allen Bennett, CEO of Park West.

The center offers dental, pharmaceutical, pediatric, OB\GYN and all primary care services.

“This building was originally built in 1952, and since then, it’s not been renovated, but we need to bring it to compliance,” Bennett said.

Coming into compliance will include becoming compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act by making the building accessible with ramps and automatic doors.