Circle the City to Open Downtown Family Health Center in August

By Patrick O’Grady – Phoenix Business Journal

A Phoenix nonprofit is opening a $1.5 million health care facility aimed at treating the homeless and taking that burden off local hospitals and providers.

Circle the City has launched its Downtown Family Health Center and in August will open the 50-bed Medical Respite Center at the Human Services Campus at 220 S. 12th Ave.

Both facilities are designed to help men, women and children experiencing homelessness, officials said.

The investment was to fund major renovations at both the facilities and purchase furniture and equipment, said Brandon Clark, Circle the City’s CEO.

Revamping the 25,000 square feet of the combined facilities came with support from various foundations, including United Health Foundation, the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Thunderbird Charites and others.

The nonprofit will work with $7 million in operating costs with about two-thirds coming from Medicaid and Medicare agreements. The remainder will come from grant funding and philanthropic support, Clark said.

Officials expect the facilities to serve more than 10,000 people each year. The hope is that by providing earlier care for people, it can avoid higher-expense care from being provided by local hospitals and other health-care facilities, Clark said.

“We’ve shown in several different analyses that CTC services reduce the overall host of health care by 50 to 70 percent, depending on the study,” he said. “Proactive, holistic, compassionate healthcare is always a better option to medical crises. It’s both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.”

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