DUNKIRK – A local healthcare provider is moving to a new facility in northern Chautauqua County.
The Chautauqua Center is moving to a new building in the City of Dunkirk. The move is just the latest in an effort to provide accessible care to the community.
Construction of the 37,000 square foot facility at 75 East 3rd Street was put on hold due to the pandemic, but officials report steady progress has been made in recent months to open the premises to the public.
The Jamestown-based provider serves close to 10,000 patients in the Chautauqua County area, with around 70 percent being below the poverty line. The organization receives funding from the federal government in order to focus their efforts on underserved communities.
The Chautauqua Center offers a wide variety of care options, including behavioral health and substance abuse services, as CEO Michael Pease stressed.
“We serve anybody in the community. One of the things that we do as a Federally Qualified Health Center is we serve quite a few folks that have difficulties finding other places to receive care, but we’re open to everyone,” Pease explained. “We really try to offer services that are needed. We don’t want to duplicate services with other organizations that are already providing them. So we take a lot of pride in providing those services that aren’t currently available.”
Though portions of the facility are still under construction, the new location is now accepting patients for its preexisting services. Pease expects work on the building to be completed by this July.