By: Follow South Jersey Staff
BRIDGETON, N.J. — CompleteCare Health Network, a nationally accredited health system that provides Primary Medical, Dental, and Counseling Services to over 60,000 people annually, held the grand opening ceremony for their 30,000 square foot corporate office, pharmacy, and community health center in downtown Bridgeton on Friday, April 22.
The executive leadership at CompleteCare welcomed nearly 100 guests that included Congressman Jeff VanDrew, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, Assemblywoman Bethanne McCarthy Patrick, Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer, Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly and a number of other representatives from state and local offices and gave details on this historic project that will help so many in the community. Tours of the new facilities were also offered.
“It is important to us that we maintain our legacy and keep our home base in Bridgeton,” J. Curtis Edwards, President & CEO of CompleteCare, said. “We are proud of what was started here nearly 50 years ago, and we want to continue to enhance the communities we serve, both through high-quality healthcare services, and if possible, by giving the economy a boost with an influx of employees in the area. We know this project will do both.”
CompleteCare’s corporate office located at 14 North Pearl Street houses employees who were previously spread out through Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville. The building contains about 30 offices, as well as large open office areas, a lunchroom, and state of the art board room. Currently, about 60 staff from departments such as human resources, marketing, finance, information systems, and marketing occupy the building. The space also features the contact center, which handles nearly 40,000 calls each month.
The site’s health center, located at 30 North Pearl Street, features nine exam rooms, and offers primary care, adult medicine, podiatry, chiropractic care, and infectious disease services. It also has an on-site phlebotomist for lab work services and a pharmacy for CompleteCare patients to pick up medications and other health items will open soon. This health center took the place of CompleteCare’s former location at 70 Cohansey Street in Bridgeton. The new site is anticipated to see over 18,000 patient visits annually and have a team of about 20 when fully staffed.
“Having multiple services under one roof is important to our patients,” said Dr. Azizeh Salloum, CompleteCare’s Chief Medical Officer. “We work to create healthcare hubs in the community allowing patients who may have difficulty traveling or finding rides to take care of multiple services in one place. We are also proud to offer services that many other health centers do not, for instance chiropractic care. It helps people maintain access to necessary health services and that is part of our mission.”
Started in 2019, the 30,000 square foot Bridgeton project cost approximately $15 million after construction costs and final additions. Architects Manders, Merighi, Portadin, Farrell designed the multi-use space, and the design was executed by Fabbri Builders, Inc. Both businesses are in Vineland, NJ. Funding for the project was made possible through coordination with the City of Bridgeton, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority and funding from TD Bank and New Jersey Community Capital.
CompleteCare is currently one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the state of New Jersey serving a majority of patients who fall below 100% of the federal poverty level. This includes those who are uninsured, underinsured, veterans, migrant, and seasonal farmworkers, the unhoused, and children.
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