Community celebrates breaking of ground for health center

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LUMBERTON — Sixty-two Robeson County residents, government officials and owners of local businesses gathered recently to break ground on the new Lumberton Health Center.

Robeson Health Care Corporation’s new construction at 1309 E. Fifth St. in Lumberton will serve as the new home to the already existing Lumberton Health Center at 402 N. Pine St. in Lumberton. The new facility will provide more space for additional medical providers, and increased services that are not currently possible because of space constraints at the Pine Street location.

Construction is projected to be completed late this year or early in 2019.

Lumberton Councilman John Cantey Jr., brought greetings from the city of Lumberton, saying “it was a great day for Lumberton” during the May 10 groundbreaking ceremony.

The new Lumberton Health Center will house four medical providers, licensed behavioral health staff, a pharmacy offering discounted medications, psychiatric services, HIV care and support, a men’s treatment program, and a dentist and hygienist who will provide oral health care to patients. Lumberton Health Center will continue to accept all insurances and offer a sliding fee program of discounted medical services based upon household size and income.

The corporation received a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help offset the construction costs of the 12,600-square-foot facility. First Bank has partnered with RHCC to finance the remaining portion of the center’s construction. Locklear, Locklear and Jacobs, LLC Consulting Engineers designed the structure and will oversee its construction. Chavis, Inc. is the project contractor.

Robeson Health Care Corporation is a private, nonprofit with its own 11-member board of directors. It has been operating in Robeson County since 1985 and has since spread into other counties. The corporation runs seven federally qualified health centers in Robeson, Columbus, Scotland and Montgomery counties. In addition to the medical centers, RHCC operates six residential substance abuse treatment programs in Robeson, Pitt, Johnston and Moore counties.

Tim Hall is president and CEO of the corporation.

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Community celebrates breaking of ground for medical center in Lumberton

Staff report