Springfield's Rocking Horse Community Health Center has completed a new expansion project. The project will allow the center to serve more people and provide more health services to low income residents in Clark County.
Rocking Horse finished its $7.9 million expansion project recently, which involved adding 42,000 square feet to the heath center. With the additional space, there will be more opportunities to provide pediatric, women's and general health services for families.
CEO, Dana Engle, says Rocking Horse serves a large portion of Clark County and the expansion project will help the organization handle medical visits which have doubled in the last six years.
"Last year for example, we served about 55,000 visits in the community and that's comprised of probably about 15,000 individuals making up those 55,000 visits. So it's really an obligation on our part to make sure we can continue to provide those services and to expand," Engle said.
Engle believes that Rocking Horse is a valuable community resource that gives people access to health care who normally wouldn't be able to afford it. He says the expansion project will help the center continue to carry out its mission.
"The real winners in this are going to be our patients both today and those that we are going to serve in the future, because that's what we are here for," Engle said.
The Rocking Horse expansion project was funded by a federal grant, local donors and the Community Health Foundation.