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From left, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, State Sen Sharif Street and Dennis Cook, president and CEO of the WES Health System. — ABDUL SULAYMAN / TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

The development of a state-of-the-art medical facility and business hub has been boosted by a state grant.

WES Corporation has received a $1 million grant from the state Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program to help develop the hub, which will house WES Health System’s new corporate headquarters.

“We’ve been residents and corporate community citizens in the Logan-Olney area for over 30 years and this is another chapter of our commitment to the community,” said Dennis Cook, president and CEO of the WES Health System during a press conference held on Friday afternoon at Marian B. Tasco Arms Senior Housing to announce the funding.

The $10.5 million facility will be used to house mental health programs including outpatient behavioral health, targeted case management and substance abuse programs serving youth. The Logan-based hub, which will be located on Shirley M. Kitchen Way, will also have a medical clinic, a day care center, parking and administrative offices. The project is slated for completion by 2020 and will house approximately 400 WES employees. WES Health System plans to bring upwards of 200 new employees to the community.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Phila.), State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Phila.) and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D-Phila.) were instrumental in securing the RCAP grant from the commonwealth. The elected officials highlighted the value of community investment during the press conference.

“We make investments in buildings and we make investments in programs and companies, but the real investment is in the people that are served,” Street said during the grant announcement.

“This is an investment in this community. This is an investment in the people that this organization serves and this organization has been providing services to some of the people who need it most for a very long time and they are providing it in a facility that is top notch.”

Kinsey highlighted the importance of investing in the Logan neighborhood and serving the needs of community residents.

“Logan is going to receive a state of the art facility,” he said. “We are going to address the needs, the issues and the concerns of the people right here and right now.”

Hughes called for more community investments to be made.

“What I need folks to do is to send a message that this should not be the only time that we need investments like this,” he said.

“The policies that need to be changed the most, are the policies that help get these dollars here, but understand that more projects like this need to be invested in.”

WES Health System and its subsidiary companies are named after Dr. Warren E. Smith, an African American psychiatrist who was committed to providing quality behavioral health care to the underserved.

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