New health center location expands services to South Norwalk

Norwalk Community Health Center has opened a second location at the Smilow Life Center.

Norwalk Community Health Center has opened a second location at the Smilow Life Center.

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NORWALK — The city’s community health center is expanding in South Norwalk to provide greater access to health care services not readily available in the neighborhood.

Norwalk Community Health Center opened a second location at 55 Chestnut St., home of the Smilow Life Center. The new center will be open Monday through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The health center “provides high-quality medical care to anyone who needs our services,” according to its website. Clients who have insurance, who are uninsured or underinsured, or are on Medicaid or Medicare can find medical care at the Chestnut and Connecticut Avenue locations.

No one is turned away because of their immigrant status or ability to pay.

“We want to go where people need medical services,” said Ken Waller, CEO of Norwalk Community Health Center. “These people don’t have a medical home. It’s increasing ease of access but it’s also to scale service offerings to a broader community.”

The Chestnut location will welcome clients from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as the homeless and working poor individuals who reside at the Smilow Life Center.

In addition to its new location, the health center also wants to expand its digital services such as remote monitoring. Using digital devices, providers can help patients at home monitor chronic health issues such as diabetes.

“We have a nurse coordinator who works with these patient to monitor their health and keep their well-being stable,” Waller said. “Our goal is to be the digital medicine provider of choice in the greater Norwalk region.”

To celebrate its new location, the health center held an open house on Tuesday and introduced the community to its pediatric, women’s health, internal medicine, and behavioral health providers. The center also provided free blood screenings.