Banco Popular de Puerto Rico recently approved $2.5 million in financing to Rincón Health Center Inc. for the construction of the Costa Salud community health center in the western municipality of Rincón.
Costa Salud will be located in the town’s Muñoz Rivera Street, will expand a current location from 9,600 to 22,000 square feet to offer a wide range of health services, including an emergency room (which will operate until 9 p.m.), a clinical laboratory, X-ray, pediatrics, dental, and pharmacy, among others
Construction will follow LEED specifications, granted to green or eco-friendly buildings that save electricity, water and minimize their impact on the environment. Rincón Health Center Inc. is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1975 whose board is composed of community members, including patients themselves of what is now known as the Rincón Health Center and provides private health services to residents of Rincón and surrounding towns.
After the expansion, the new Costa Salud center also will feature several special collaborative programs like Ryan White (AIDS patients), for patients with diabetes and hypertension (including a diabetic foot clinic), home visits to bedridden patients, and an inpatient pediatric asthma program.
“At Banco Popular we’re extremely proud to be partnering with this development that will positively impact the health of residents of Rincón and other western towns,” said Olga Morales, vice president of Banco Popular in the Western Region.
Costa Salud’s mission is to serve uninsured or under-insured patients and provide access to quality services, but also serve all types of patients, including Medicare, Mi Salud beneficiaries, or private insurance holders.