Chautauqua Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held

The Chautauqua Center and local elected officials during the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Chautauqua Center, located at 107 Institute St. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

A federally funded health care center is officially open in Jamestown.

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at The Chautauqua Center, located at 107 Institute St., with invited guests like U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, state Sen.-elect and County Executive George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, and Jamestown Mayor-elect Eddie Sundquist.

Mike Pease, The Chautauqua Center CEO, thanked all those who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. He said that the new facility located in Jamestown’s medical corridor wouldn’t have been possible without federal and state grants local elected officials assisted in obtaining.

Reed said the new medical center will improve the quality of health care in the Jamestown area.

“We believe in the mission. We believe in what you’re doing here,” he said.

Goodell said the new health care facility will help area residents with primary care needs.

“They cover a wide array of medical services,” he said.

Borrello said federally funded health care centers aren’t located in every city. He said health care is a key component to a resident’s quality of life.

“This doesn’t happen everywhere. This is a great achievement,” he said.

On June 17, center officials started seeing behavioral health, substance abuse, primary care and women’s health patients at their new location.

Pease said, in June, once the third floor is completed, the center will also provide oral health, obstetrics, pharmacy, chiropractic, case management, orthopedic surgery and pediatric endocrinology services at its new location.

The second floor of the new facility will be rented to other local organizations. The $16 million construction project was funded by a $3.5 million grant from the state and $1 million from the federal government. In June, Pease said center officials provided $7.5 million toward the new construction. He said regional foundations and New Market Tax Credits would fund the remaining $4 million needed for the construction project.

For more information, visit thechautauquacenter.org.