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FREEHOLD – The old Foodtown building on Park Avenue won’t be a place to buy food anymore.
With renovations now underway, it will be home to the Greater Freehold Community Health Center. The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Centers has announced that it will open in December.
The health center is a partnership between VNACJ Community Health Center, CentraState Healthcare System, VNA Health Group’s Children and Family Health Institute and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
In 2015, Norkus Enterprises closed its last Foodtown supermarket. For a time, another market, Freehold Fresh Market, was open there.
Now it’s being converted into a medical building. Besides the community health center, the 25,000-square-foot building also will be headquarters for the VNA Health Group’s Children and Family Health Institute.
Part of the building will serve as a primary and specialty federally-qualified health care center, which will be run by the CentraState Family Medicine Residency Program. Backed by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it is a way to improve health outcomes for individuals and families in Freehold and the western Monmouth County community, the VNA said in a statement.
Staff will provide primary care, health screenings and education, prenatal care, podiatry and nutrition counseling and diabetic education to individuals and families.
CentraState will relocate its residency program to the building to enhance the opportunity for training of primary care physicians.
Eventually, the Greater Freehold Community Health Center is expected to include 32 primary care staff, 14 CentraState family medicine staff, and 36 Children and Family Health Institute Staff.
“One of our primary goals with the new Center is to provide better care coordination for the greater Freehold community,” said Tom Thees, interim executive director for the Community Health Centers at VNA Health Group.