Tri-Cities Community Health awarded $1M for renovations

Tri-Cities Community Health is using $1 million in federal money to help with a renovation project at its facility at 515 W. Court St., Pasco.

The renovation includes moving and expanding the urgent care clinic, expanding the pharmacy and relocating and expanding the laboratory to make room for behavioral health therapists to work more closely with medical providers.

The building currently includes administration space, but those types of workers are moving out to make more room for patient care.

The health network also is using some of its own money for the project.

The renovations should take about six months, said Al Cordova, CEO.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the funding this week. Tri-Cities Community Health is among the health centers in the state sharing in $15.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding, aimed at helping them better serve their expanding client base.

Tri-Cities Community Health also received about $300,000 earlier this year primarily to hire more nurses to work with patients with chronic diseases.

Cordova noted that his agency is a nonprofit that serves many low-income patients.