APPLETON- Family Health Mosaica downtown clinic providing health care to low-income Fox Valley residents, will use millions of dollars in COVID relief funds to relocate its clinic and expand services.
The organization received more than $7.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding from Governor Tony Evers on March 8.
The funding comes with specific requirements for its use, which means it will not cover the full cost of relocation, said Dr. Lee Vogel, executive director of Mosaic Family Health. Grant money can cover parts of the construction project that will allow clinic staff to serve those who need affordable health care the most.
Vogel said she would like to add classroom-like rooms to the new space for patients who could benefit from peer support while receiving treatment for their health conditions, such as diabetes. The clinic also aims to expand physical therapy and mental health offerings, expand its urgent care capabilities, and expand care for memory-related illnesses like dementia.
The clinic’s move has been in the works for years. Currently located on South Morrison Street near the Appleton YMCA, Mosaic agreed to move when US Venture announced plans move its headquarters to the region in 2017.
The Mosaic movement was scheduled for December 2020, but progress on Venture’s US headquarters is on hold. US Venture confirmed to The Post-Crescent this week that it is still committed to moving to downtown Appleton.
Mosaic is also committed to staying downtown, Vogel said. This makes it easier for patients to use the bus to get to the clinic, she said, and also helps attract doctors to the family residency program housed at Mosaic.
“Current (medical school) graduates are really looking for the kind of vibrancy that our downtown is experiencing, especially with the new library and new residential construction,” Vogel said.
Negotiations on a new site for Mosaic are ongoing, Vogel said. ARPA Fund must be committed before December 31, 2024allowing time for the construction project to unfold, she said.