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Health care center has history on the Hilltop

 

The staff of the Hilltop Community Health Center

In mid-June 2002, the Beltzhoover Citizens Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) and the Hilltop Community Health Care Partnership it had formed, contacted the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Center (SRNHC) to provide primary care in the Hilltop.

The Birmingham Foundation had provided a needs assessment for the Hilltop neighborhoods on behalf of the Beltzhoover group, and SRNHC was asked to provide that care in the federally-designated medically-underserved South Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Beltzhoover, Knoxville and Allentown. With a HRSA Expansion Grant available and the prospect of providing and expanding the provision of health care for additional, the SRNHC Board voted to move forward with this expansion in December 2002.

Sto-Rox applied for and received notice it was an approved grantee for the funding by September 2003. A little over a year later, in November 2004, primary medical care began in a modular unit at 317 Climax Street in Beltzhoover.

It didn't take long for services and patient utilization to create a situation where the 2,200 square foot facility was bursting at the seams. It then became a goal of the SRNHC to provide a new permanent expanded medical home.

In August 2010, Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Center became aware of the availability of space within the former South Hills High School. In conjunction with another federal HRSA grant made possible via Affordable Care Act Capital Development funding, an application was submitted. In April 2012 they were notified that they were approved and construction began to renovate one of the gym areas in the former school at 151 Ruth Street in November of the following year.

After almost two years of operation in the Hilltop Community, the opening of the new facility occurred in July 2014 where they have been operating for almost three years.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the provision of comprehensive, integrated care is the goal of their clinicians. Within the facility, adult primary care, pediatric care, women's health, behavioral Health, wellness, pain relief, nutrition, acupuncture and podiatry services are all made possible.

For more information, visit http://www.storoxfqhc.org/hilltop/ or call 412-431-3520.

 

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