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Omak, WA (August 12, 2014)- Family Health Centers (FHC) of Okanogan County will host a grand opening celebration today at the new Facility located at 1003 Koala Drive in Omak.

The event will begin with opening remarks from FHC CEO Mike Hassings followed by introductions and welcome from key partners and staff. The event will include a free community health fair beginning at 11am- in conjunction with the annual Nationwide Health Center Week.

Family Health Centers in Omak is a critical resource in the area, the new clinic replaces FHC’s outdated health center. The 18,200 SF clinic and 1,600 SF pharmacy has quadruple the size of the old facility, allowing for a 33% increase in patient visits by 2016 and providing access to health services for an additional 7,100 low-income patients a year. The new facility is better equipped to provide residents of Okanogan County with primary and preventative out-patient services, dental care, pharmacy services, chronic care and obstetrics. NDC’s $6.6 million Qualified Equity Investment in the $9.2 million project was combined with financing from The Healthy Futures Fund and LISC resulting in the creation of 26 construction jobs and 67 permanent jobs.

NDC made its New Markets Allocation available under the Healthy Futures Fund a Partnership including Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), The Kresge Foundation and Morgan Stanley which supports the development of Federally Qualified Health Centers in underserved areas.

Congratulations to the project and to our partners, we look forward to following the success of FHC in Omak!