Warren Center opens in new location

Posted June 06, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.
Last modified June 06, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Warren Center, which has provided speech, hearing and communication services to adults and children in the Bangor area since 1961, has relocated to the Union Street campus of Penobscot Community Health Care.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday celebrated the move to the new location. PCHC acquired the specialty practice in April 2010.

“Positioning the Warren Center on the Union Street campus assures better integration of speech and hearing services,” said the Rev. Robert Carlson, president of the PCHC board. In addition to providing services at the Union Street site, clinicians from the Warren Center will assess and treat patients at PCHC health centers in Old Town and Brewer, Carlson said.

The 56,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Warren Center, located closer to downtown Bangor near the corner of Union and Second streets, was purchased in December  by Bangor businessman Matt Tilley. Tilley said Monday that the building is being remodelled and will be leased to business tenants.

The Warren Center provides hearing evaluations, hearing aid services and hearing comprehension assessments as well as speech therapy and other services to people of all ages and in all income brackets. Through community outreach programs, its clinicians work in settings ranging from preschools to nursing homes.

The Warren Center also offers social support for adolescents and teens with Asperger’s syndrome, teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to communicate more effectively with the hearing world and provides free hearing aids to low-income adults and children.

PCHC was founded in Bangor in 1997 and is now one of the largest primary care practices in the state. As a federally qualified health center, its mission is to provide comprehensive health care services to individuals covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance plans as well as those without insurance coverage. Services are provided on a sliding fee basis. The agency serves about 50,000 patients from the Bangor area and beyond.

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