City Opens $8.6M Community Health Center on South Side
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
The new John R. Maloney Health Center recently opened on Columbus’ South Side. Columbus Neighborhood Health Center leased the 21,000-square-foot facility at 1905 Parsons Ave.
The facility offers family healthcare, prenatal care, nutrition services, OB/GYN, immunizations and pediatric services, and will house Columbus Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. A fhealthcare center of the same name closed in August 2006 because of structural problems. I
Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council Member Priscilla Tyson, Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long, and Columbus Neighborhood Health Center CEO Tom Horan attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 28 together with community leaders, residents and health care providers. “This new facility represents our commitment to providing primary health and wellness services to South Side families close to where they live,” Mayor Coleman said in a statement.
The city of Columbus provided $8.6 million for the center’s construction from a five-year bond issue approved by voters in 2008. On November 5, voters approved an $842 million, five-year bond measure to fund capital projects for the next five years, as the The Columbus Dispatch reported. Revenue from the bonds will be allocated to capital improvements designed to attract new investment.
“The John R. Maloney Health Center is an investment in the health and safety of South Side residents,” said council member Priscilla Tyson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, in a statement. “It is one of many investments the city is making on the South Side, along with quality affordable housing, improved neighborhood infrastructure, and early childhood development programming.”