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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens New Health Center in Ward 8

Community of Hope expands access to primary care for District residents

Washington, DC – March 17, 2014 – Mayor Vincent Gray and community leaders will cut the ceremonial red ribbon to officially open Community of Hope’s new Conway Health and Resource Center, 4 Atlantic Street, SW, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10AM.

The event will be emceed by Denise Rolark Barnes of The Washington Informer with remarks from Mayor Gray; Joanne Grossi HHS Regional Director; Jaqueline Bowens, CEO of DCPCA; William Conway, Bedford Falls Foundation and other community leaders. The program will be followed by the Ribbon-Cutting moment and Mayor Gray and others receiving a personal tour of the center. Members of the press are invited to join.

Kelly Sweeney McShane will be available for comment on the benefits of the Conway Health and Resource Center and Community of Hope’s work immediately before and after the program.

Further information:

Founded in 1980, Community of Hope works to improve the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support.

The state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot center will provide medical and dental care for approximately 10,000 District residents a year.

Completed in December and opened to patients in January, the Conway Health and Resource Center features 20 medical exam rooms, 11 dental chairs, 6 rooms for behavioral health services, and a large conference room for community use. It serves as the new headquarters for Community of Hope’s administrative and permanent housing staff and also will house Breast Care for Washington who is bringing the only 3-D mammography machine east of the river.

Funding for the $26.6 million project came from the DC Primary Care Association’s (DCPCA) Medical Homes DC Program and is the 11th of 12 Medical Homes completed. DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC Program is made possible in part by generous support from the DC Department of Health. Additional funding came from the Health Resource Services Administration. Many local foundations and as well as individuals have contributed to the center, including Bill and Joanne Conway who donated $1.75 million.

For more information about the Conway Health and Resource Center, please visit

See y’all there!