By contributor Marc Monseau
Capital Health plans to open a primary care facility in January in the former offices for The Princeton Packet newspaper on Witherspoon Street in Princeton.
At the new facility, the Hopewell-based health system will offer same day appointments for chronic and well care for children and adults. Capital Health initially expects to staff the clinic with four to five physicians focused on family medicine and internal medicine but has room to accommodate up to seven full-time physicians at the site.
Capital Health has more than 18 primary care offices across the region, with offices in Mercer, Burlington, and Bucks counties.
“We are very excited to open this new location and look forward to providing high quality primary care services to the township residents,” said Arlene Walsh, senior vice president and Chief Administrative Officer of Capital Medical Group.
According to Capital Health spokesperson Kate Spier, Capital Health is in negotiations to provide a well-baby clinic service at the site and will be providing primary care services to all patients, not just the uninsured
The establishment of Capital Health’s new primary care facility on Witherspoon Street marks the return of a major hospital system to downtown Princeton. Until moving to its current location in Plainsboro in 2012, the Princeton Medical Center was headquartered across the street from the Packet Building.
The landlord of the future Capital Health site, Helena May, is currently renovating the site. Capital Health is covering the cost for refitting the portion of the building its 7,000-square-foot clinic will occupy. She purchased the property from the Princeton Packet in late 2016 for 2.26 million. The Princeton Packet was sold to a new owner with headquarters in Monmouth County. Municipal officials once considered buying the property to use for the town’s public works department.