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About the Brandywine Center

The new Brandywine Center, the first major development in the City of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, in over thirty years, serves as a center for primary health care services, dental care, and behavioral health for residents throughout the county and beyond, and houses 24 affordable apartments for senior citizens. The Center opened in April 2008, and is a four-story, 48,000+ square foot building on the main street of Coatesville (Chester County), Pennsylvania.

With leadership from elected officials and government leaders from the county, city, and commonwealth, a variety of financing entities, foundations, and generous individuals provided support for the Brandywine Health Foundation’s efforts to bring this important development to fruition. The foundation has made over $7.2 million in grants to non-profits improving the health of the community since its formation in 2001, but the Brandywine Center represents its most significant effort to help those living in the Greater Coatesville Area who need access to affordable medical, dental, and behavioral health services. For more information about the Brandywine Health Foundation, click here: www.brandywinefoundation.org.

To address the health needs of the thousands of uninsured and underinsured residents of the City of Coatesville, neighboring municipalities such as South Coatesville and Modena, and low income residents throughout Chester County, in December of 2004 the foundation provided a three-year $1 million grant to enable the establishment of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the heart of Coatesville. Because the business of health care is so complex, the foundation brought an experienced FQHC to Coatesville, rather than starting from scratch.

That provider, ChesPenn Health Services, has operated in the City of Chester for over thirty years and is a well regarded provider of health services for the poor. The foundation also selected the FQHC model because so many people in this area are on either Medical Assistance, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or go in and out of different health insurance arrangements depending on their employment status. ChesPenn can serve everyone at any time, and thus can become the Medical Home so many need and deserve.

In July of 2005, ChesPenn opened a temporary satellite site in Coatesville with the additional support of a variety of foundations including the Claneil Foundation and the Philadelphia Foundation, area businesses such as Independence Blue Cross and Communications Test Design, Inc., several generous individuals, and the United Way of Chester County. ChesPenn serves as the only primary care provider for low income men, women and children in western Chester County, providing a range of adult and pediatric services including prenatal care and the management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes - prevalent in the area’s minority populations. The management of these diseases in particular can help low income residents live healthier, longer lives, and can reduce expensive emergency room visits that are straining our community’s health care system.

The Brandywine Health Foundation was so pleased with ChesPenn’s progress in ramping up operations in the first three years, in hiring qualified staff, and reaching out to the larger community, that the foundation’s Board of Directors voted to award an additional $2 million to ChesPenn so that it may continue to operate in Chester County for the next five years, through June of 2013.

At the same time, the foundation has helped to launch a new dental center for the poor in Coatesville, the Chester County Community Dental Center, and has partnered with the Chester County Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation to bring an experienced behavioral health provider to each of the Coatesville Area School District’s public schools, the Child Guidance Resource Centers (CGRC). CGRC is now the principal provider of behavioral health services for children and adolescents in Chester County.

We know that there is a need for these agencies because they have provided services to more than 4,000 local residents since they opened their doors just three years ago, and the number of people walking through their doors has increased markedly since the Brandywine Center opened. Building a permanent home for these agencies in a visible location on the main street through Coatesville will not only help to ensure these agencies’ long-term viability, but also increase access to their services, as well as the behavioral health services located on the fourth floor, Human Services, Inc. and Child Guidance Resource Centers.

The Brandywine Center represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to positively impact the health of those living in this struggling but promising community in a very concrete way. We know already that there are many generous individuals, foundations, and businesses eager to accomplish the goals of this project:

  • Increase the availability of affordable housing for Chester County’s low income seniors,
  • Aid in the economic development of the City of Coatesville; and
  • Improve the health of the residents of the Greater Coatesville Area.

To make a gift in support of the Brandywine Center, click here.

 
We are located at:
744 E. Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
(On the corner of Chester Avenue)
 
Our Mission:  The Brandywine Centerís mission is to reduce disparities in access to affordable, quality health care.  Please contact individual service providers to discuss hours, insurance coverage and fees.
 
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