Apicha Community Health Center unveiled its dramatically enhanced facilities in Lower Manhattan this week, following an expansion financed in large part by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC).
The renovation more than doubles Apicha’s number of exam rooms and counseling rooms, allowing the organization to serve even greater numbers of local residents, including its core constituency of Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ community, individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and other underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers.
PCDC provided $1.6 million in financing to support the project, supplementing New York City Council grant funding.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday drew elected officials, civic leaders, and members of the community, who gathered in Apicha’s gleaming new lobby to celebrate the renovation.
“This expansion allow us to significantly increase our outreach to those who often have the least protections,” said Apicha CEO Therese R. Rodriguez. “Health care is a human right, a social justice issue, a racial justice issue, an LGBTQ issue, and an immigrant rights issue. Today we rededicate ourselves to ensuring even more New Yorkers are afforded the highest quality care aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.”
Founded in 1989, Apicha provides primary care, HIV specialty care, transgender primary care, sexual health services, mental health services, and other culturally competent health care services, as well as community education programs.
Its new operations include seven exam rooms at street level, five private rooms for other services, and an on-site pharmacy on the lower level. The open, modern design includes a prominent front entrance at 400 Broadway, lending to Apicha’s target of a 30 percent increase in visits by 2021. A second Apicha facility will open in Jackson Heights, Queens, in spring 2018.
“Apicha has always been a bright spot in Manhattan, which this beautiful facility reflects,” said PCDC CEO Louise Cohen. “The renovation suits the top-quality, affordable, accessible primary care that Apicha is known for, and all of us PCDC are proud to help drive its growth.”
[Pictured: New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, Apicha CEO Therese R. Rodriguez, and PCDC CEO Louise Cohen]
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The Primary Care Development Corporation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and a U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution (CDFI) that catalyzes excellence in primary care through strategic community investment, capacity building, and policy initiatives to achieve health equity. Learn more about PCDC’s programs to expand and transform the primary care sector at pcdc.org.