Jefferson Rolls Out Plan for South Philly Refugee and Immigrant Wellness Center

Jefferson Health and its affiliated Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity unveiled plans Monday to create a $5 million community wellness center that will serve immigrants and refugees in South Philadelphia.

The Hansjörg Wyss Wellness Center will be created inside the Bok Bulding — a former vocational school on the 1900 block of South Ninth street that's been transformed and now hosts a variety of small businesses and art studios. The wellness center project has already attracted a $3.1 million gift from the Wyss Foundation.

The Wellness Center, expected to open in early 2020, will serve as the hub of Jefferson’s clinical and educational outreach activities for the city’s southern neighborhoods and establish primary care and social services to all members of the community — regardless of health insurance or citizenship status.

Read more about the Wellness Center here.

Nicole Baillis