Centene and its Texas-based Superior HealthPlan are working with Community Health Development, Inc. on this project
State-of-the-art community center will provide access to primary care, behavioral health, youth resources among other services
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today the Centene Charitable Foundation and its Texas health plan, Superior HealthPlan (Superior), have invested $7.9 million in a new, state-of-the-art multipurpose community center in Uvalde, Texas. In partnership with Community Health Development, Inc. (CHDI), a federally qualified health center, the community center will serve as a whole health resource for the entire Uvalde community and its surrounding region. Representatives from Centene, Superior and CHDI hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 2 at the site location.
"Six days after the horrific tragedy at the Robb Elementary School, Centene and Superior met with CHDI and local leaders to understand how we could best support Uvalde in what will necessarily be a long-term recovery," said Sarah London, Chief Executive Officer of Centene. "As that process continues, expanding the resources available to the entire community for physical, mental and emotional health is an important step forward."
"This project exemplifies what Centene and Superior believe is critical when it comes to healthcare – that local relationships enable meaningful and effective healthcare," said Mark Sanders, CEO of Superior HealthPlan.
Once complete, the new community center will house space for primary medical care, behavioral health services, youth development resources, college/job preparation training for students, retail space for local businesses, and a tranquility garden to honor victims of the tragedy that occurred on May 24, 2022.
"We are honored to partner together and continue serving the Uvalde community for years to come," said Mayela Castañon, CEO of CHDI. "Together, with Centene and Superior, we've expanded access to telehealth services, offered behavioral health training for providers, and supported the thousands of Superior members we serve in this area."
The executive committee overseeing the project includes Mark Sanders of Superior HealthPlan, Mayela Castañon of CHDI, Lela Ballesteros of CHDI, Honorable Bill Mitchell of Uvalde, Dr. Hal Harrell of UCISD, actor Matthew McConaughey, State Representative Tracy King, Dr. Monica Gutierrez of Sul Ross University, Tomás León of Equality Health Foundation and Mary Beth Fisk of the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center.
The Uvalde Community Center is targeting completion in late 2024.
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