The InterCare Benton Harbor Facility Project has been highlighted in national, state and local media. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Adminstrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., recently addressed health center leaders in a tele-town hall meeting hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and moderated by President and CEO Tom Van Coverden. Velma Hendershott, CEO of InterCare, also participated as a panelist with this exclusive group celebrating National Health Center Week which occurred from August 8 to August 14. Velma described "how her center has been serving residents out of an old hospital constructed in 1907. Recovery Act dollars will help fund construction a new 40,000 square foot facility. The new site will help them respond to the demand for services which is projected to increase 35 percent over the course of the next few years and will create up to 50 construction jobs and many additional health care jobs in a community where the unemployment rate is over 12 percent". In addition, Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, visited the InterCare construction site on July 20, 2010 to congratulate Velma Hendershott and her team on the project. Finally, local media, including the Herald-Palladium newspaper, have featured the InterCare Benton Harbor Facility Project with front page coverage of the InterCare ground-breaking event on August 12.
InterCare has contracted with Southshore for project management and owner's representative services for the project. Southshore is proud to be part of the InterCare team bringing quality, accessable and affordable primary health and dental care to the greater Benton Harbor community.