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New $6.7M medical clinic opens in RI

Associated Press Published: October 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A new $6.7 million health care center has opened in Rhode Island to serve the needs of those struggling to find affordable health care.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) and members of the state's Congressional delegation helped cut the ribbon Monday at the new Blackstone Valley Community Health Center in Pawtucket.

The 32,000-square-foot facility is intended to give patients access to more doctors and better care in a single location. The three-story clinic has space for women's health care services, a dental office, vision care and mental health services. It also has 33 exam rooms — nearly twice as many as the previous facility.

Last year Blackstone Valley provided care to 11,200 different people. Some 13 percent of Rhode Island adults are uninsured.