APPLETON – Mosaic Family Health, a downtown clinic providing health care to low-income residents in the Fox Valley, will use millions of dollars in COVID relief funds to relocate its clinic and expand its services.
The organization received more than $7.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding from Gov. Tony Evers on March 8.
The funding came with specific requirements for its use that mean it won’t cover the full cost of relocating, said Dr. Lee Vogel, executive director of Mosaic Family Health. Grant money can cover portions of the building project that will allow clinic staff to serve people most in need of affordable health care.
Vogel said she’d like to add classroom-type rooms to the new space for patients who could benefit from peer support while getting treatment for their health challenges, like diabetes, for example. The clinic is also aiming to expand physical therapy and mental health offerings, grow its urgent care capabilities and expand care for memory-related illnesses like dementia.
The clinic’s relocation has been in the works for years. Currently located on South Morrison Street near the Appleton YMCA, Mosaic agreed to move when U.S. Venture announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to the area in 2017.
Mosaic’s move was slated for December 2020, but progress on the U.S. Venture headquarters is on hold. U.S. Venture confirmed to The Post-Crescent this week that it’s still committed to moving to downtown Appleton.
Mosaic is also committed to remaining downtown, Vogel said. It makes it easier for patients who use the bus to get to the clinic, she said, and also helps attract physicians to the family residency program hosted at Mosaic.
“Current (medical school) graduates are really looking for the kind of vibrancy that our downtown is getting, especially with the new library and new residential construction,” Vogel said.
Negotiations about a new site for Mosaic are ongoing, Vogel said. ARPA funds need to be committed by Dec. 31, 2024, leaving time for the building project to unfold, she said.