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HealthWorks opens new facility in Leesburg

Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Andrew Sharbel A large contingent of public officials gathered March 1 for the grand opening of the new HealthWorks of Northern Virginia building in Leesburg.
HealthWorks of Northern Virginia held an official grand opening March 1 of its new building in Leesburg.

The medical facility, formerly known as the Loudoun Community Health Center, was completed in October using a $8.7 million federal grant it received in 2010. The grant was a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The new 27,000-square-foot building at 163 Fort Evans Road NE, provides 18 exam rooms, seven dental operatories, a full pharmacy, laboratory, an expanded mental health counseling suite, optometry, prenatal care and community meeting rooms.

“The main thing the new building offers is space. We are going from a 8,000-square-foot facility to one that is 27,000 square feet,” HealthWorks CEO Debra Dever said. “That extra space will allow us to better serve our patients with both primary and preventative care.”

The facility joins two other satellite facilities, one in Sterling and the other in Herndon. The board chose to change the company name after merging with the Herndon-based Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic.

With a second federal grant awarded as part of the Health Care Reform Act, the health center opened its new site in Herndon Oct. 2. The health center also runs the Health Center for Children and Families in Sterling, a clinic primarily dedicated to caring for children.

“Now with three sites and the merge with the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, our board wanted to bring this wonderful network of health care for those in need under one umbrella,” Dever said. “We decided that doing business under one name would accomplish this.”

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, it primarily receives its funding through grants, donations and other monetary means.

HealthWorks specializes in providing medical care to anyone in need, particularly low-income, uninsured patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

According to Dever, Loudoun County has approximately 14,000 uninsured families and the growth the community health center has seen since its inception is large.

Since it opened less than six years ago, HealthWorks has grown from seeing 1,040 unduplicated patients in the first year to 6,000 patients last year; from 2,007 encounters in 2007 to 24,000 encounters in 2012; from one site to three sites and an annual budget of $750,000 to $7 million. The staff has grown from five to 90 since it opened. The medical company is expected to help more than 12,000 patients a year.

For more information, visit hwnova.org.
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