The bigger space means extended services for low-income patients, adding dental and mental health to their primary medical care practice. Although the expansion was paid partially with your tax dollars, doctors and staff say the cost will come back quickly.
“Our local hospitals really need this service to keep the people who are in trouble in facilities that can handle them better than in our emergency rooms,” Bob Baemmert, a dentist with Tri-Cities Community Health.
Tri-Cities Community Health focuses on patients without little to no insurance and those with Medicare and Medicaid. They plan to open another location in Central Richland this June, with the help of a $650,000 grant.