Officials with Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the construction of the new Capital Park Family Health Center at 2635 Innis Road.

Officials with Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the construction of the new Capital Park Family Health Center at 2635 Innis Road.

The new 17,500 square-foot facility, scheduled to open in August 2011, will replace the existing health center located at 2150 Agler Road.

The $4.4-million construction project is made possible by economic stimulus funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers was one of 85 applicants to be awarded Facility Investment Program stimulus funding out of 600 applications nationwide during the first round of stimulus grants.

Speakers at the event included city councilwoman Charleta Tav-ares, State Sen. Ray Miller, Mark Bell from U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi's office, Ed Roberts from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office, Whitney Secrest from Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks' office and Randy Runyon, president of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers.

"The new Capital Park Family Health Center will increase primary care services for all individuals, infants through seniors," Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers board chairman Marty Miller was quoted as saying. "It will expand health services for the community, promote economic recovery, and serve as a regional example of environmentally friendly operations.

The new facility will enable Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers to serve an additional 3,175 patients, improve operational efficiency, and enhance quality of care by increasing from six to 15 medical exam rooms. Additional services will be provided, including OB/GYN services, limited pharmacy services, behavioral health and, in the future, dental services.

"This increased access will mean more community residents are able to find a medical home instead of using hospital emergency services for their routine medical needs," Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers CEO Joy Parker said, according to the announcement.