The Fair Haven Community Health Center celebrated a “topping out” ceremony for their new clinic building, marking a significant milestone with community involvement. Dr. Suzanne Lagarde highlighted the building’s role in serving the community for the next century, offering expanded services including 26 new examining rooms and support for non-English speaking clients.

If you signed [the beam], you’ll be part of this building as you are part of this community,” Lagarde said. ​And it will serve this community for a century to come.”

For City Public Health Director Martiza Bond, who signed her name, the date, and the word ​congratulations” on the beam, the occasion was personal and particularly meaningful. She recalled her grandmother, who spoke no English, also receiving medical care at FHCHC, and the importance of the culturally sensitive way it was delivered.

This project, the first major capital venture in over 50 years for FHCHC, is set to address growing needs for healthcare services, with the building expected to open in spring 2025.

For more on the event, read the New Haven Independent’s article here.