Matt Lesser

State Senator

Matt Lesser

Deputy Majority Leader

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April 16, 2019

Lesser Cuts Ribbon at Knowledge and Technology Center at the Middletown Community Health Center, Receives Community Health Champion Award

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State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) takes part in ribbon cutting at the Knowledge and Technology Center on April 16, 2019.

MIDDLETOWN, CT – Today, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) took part in the ribbon cutting at the newly-opened Knowledge and Technology Center at the Community Health Center (CHC) and presented a citation to the CHC. Sen. Lesser also received the Community Health Champion award from the CHC’s leadership staff for successfully securing state funding needed for this project. Sen. Lesser applauded the CHC’s work and said it has succeeded in providing a public option to consumers.

“For 47 years, CHC has done something that people say today is not possible, you have given the residents of Middletown, the state and the world, a public option,” said Sen. Lesser. “A public option is something we are talking about in Hartford as we’re looking into healthcare reform. It is important we look at the work CHC has done to provide everyone in our community with the highest standard of care.”
The Knowledge and Technology Center, a three-story, 31,000 square foot building, will house information technology, communications, human resources and some Weitzman Institute staff. Sen. Lesser was instrumental in securing a state bond request for the necessary funds for the Knowledge and Technology Center.

CHC provides clinical services such as dental, mental and behavioral health care, specialty services like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C management, and research and training. CHC has expanded throughout the state and country, providing quality, affordable care by offering discounts to the uninsured and underinsured. Members of the Middletown delegation joined Sen. Lesser in applauding the work CHC has done.

“I’m proud to have secured the funds for something so important to our state and the city of Middletown,” said Sen. Lesser. “CHC has redoubled its commitment to Middletown to ensure their hub of operations is right here in our vibrant and growing community, bringing jobs to Main Street.”

“It’s exciting to celebrate the grand opening of the Knowledge and Technology Center of the Community Health Center in Middletown,” said State Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams (D-Meriden, Middlefield, Rockfall, Middletown, Cheshire). “As the Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee, I appreciate all they have achieved in making a reality the belief that health care is a right, not a privilege.”

“CHC CEO Mark Masselli is often my first call when a fellow community member needs help with healthcare,” said State Representative Quentin Phipps (D-Middletown). “CHC has been the leader in holistic healing; the staff heals clients mentally, physically, and spiritually. CHC consistently illustrates being healthy is a right and not a privilege. Health care is more than individual health. It’s about keeping our community whole.”

Sen. Lesser, Sen. Abrams and Rep. Phipps presented Masselli and CHC leadership with a Citation on behalf of the Middletown delegation. After presenting the citation, Masselli surprised Sen. Lesser with an award for his advocacy of the CHC in Hartford.