January 10, 2018

Wheeler opens flagship Hartford location

Wheeler this week opened its Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland St. in Hartford, now its flagship Hartford location and home to its federally qualified health center.

The cost to open and outfit the facility, part of the 54,476-square-foot Gothic Park office complex Wheeler purchased in 2015, approached $5 million.

The center was formerly located at 999 Asylum Ave., which now houses staff for mostly in-home programs and is no longer used as an outpatient and health center site.

Programs and services available at the new center include primary care, family dental, women's health, mental health and addiction treatment, complementary medicine, and prevention and outreach services.

"Our team-based approach to care is grounded in the belief that physical and mental health are interconnected," said Susan Walkama, Wheeler's president and CEO. "To achieve the best outcomes, we will ensure the whole person is cared for within Wheeler's full continuum and in coordination with other services, organizations and business within the greater Hartford region."

New services at the Woodland location include pediatric services to families served by the St. Francis/Gengras pediatric clinic; the launch of women's health services through a partnership with the St. Francis OB/GYN Clinic, and the opening of a complementary pain management center to address chronic pain and the opioid crisis.

The location also includes the Corsini Kitchen, a new component in a former estate at 49 Woodland St., on the Wheeler campus, named after former Wheeler Trustee Raymond Corsini, who died in November. A major philanthropic gift from the Corsini family funded the kitchen, for use by health center patients, to support comprehensive wellness and nutrition programming, including a toddler nutrition program, general nutrition education, supplies, fresh vegetables and kitchen equipment.

Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center funders included the Connecticut Nonprofit Grant Program, which supported parking lot expansion and exterior renovations; the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, which funded a dental operatory, equipment and a panoramic X-ray machine; Delta Dental, which helped Wheeler develop best practices for dental and primary care integration, supporting start-up dental staffing, equipment and a community dental outreach and education program; The Ensworth Charitable Foundation and the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., which helped purchase dental equipment; Mott Corp. for funding Wheeler's Community Health Worker Program; the Mary Fran and Peter Libassi-Innovation Fund, which supported the launch of Wheeler's complementary pain management program; and the Holcomb Farm Fresh Access Program, which will provide fresh vegetables for Wheeler's nutrition program.

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