The city of McKinney, the McKinney Economic Development Corp., and the McKinney Community Development Corp. in partnership with the North Texas Family Health Foundation announced March 22 the completion of the Family Health Center on Virginia.
The new, 25,000-square-foot facility will offer primary medical and dental care as well as counseling services to uninsured and underinsured patients. The center will offer a sliding fee scale based on family size and income level, officials said in previous interviews.
"As population surges, so does the need for qualified primary health providers and accessible healthcare,” McKinney Mayor George Fuller said in the release. “The Family Health Center on Virginia will act as a catalyst of opportunities for job training and health education, primary healthcare and wellness our city needs. Every resident of McKinney matters, and this facility is strategically located in a medically underserved area to help us serve the most vulnerable more effectively."
In addition to serving the community, the facility will also serve as a training center for health care professionals. This will help alleviate the shortage of primary care providers and improve access to lab services, the release stated.
To bring the health center to McKinney, the city provided a job-based grant agreement to the center, and the MEDC and MCDC also provided grants for site infrastructure, job training and development fees, per the release.
“We were proud to support the Family Health Center on Virginia with an investment for infrastructure improvements for the project that helped create a state-of-the-art facility," MCDC President Cindy Schneible said in the release. "The center will provide access to healthcare services for the medically underserved in our community in a beautiful and safe environment.”
MEDC President Peter Tokar said it was good to see the city work together to create the project.
“What sets McKinney apart from other cities is our strong sense of community,” he said in the release. “COVID-19 has taught us that anyone's economic condition can change at any time. This facility will make sure all our residents always have access to decent healthcare and the MEDC will continue to reinvest in our community.”
The center is designated as a federally qualified health center, which is a measure of excellence to primary care infrastructure, according to the news release. The center will open to start serving the public this spring. Appointments can be scheduled at www.fhcntx.org or by calling 214-618-5600. The health center is located at 1620 W. Virginia St., McKinney.