Metro announces grand opening for state-of-the-art health and community center

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | Metro Wellness and Community Centers will welcome the public into its new, state-of-the-art health and community center during a grand opening celebration Feb. 9.

Metro currently offers personalized health and wellness services in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater and New Port Richey. The organization first began transforming its St. Petersburg location after purchasing the 47,000-square-foot building it called home in partnership with CAN Community Health in 2016. At the time, they utilized only 18,000 square feet of the campus. “Metro has been Tampa Bay’s premier inclusive healthcare provider for over 25 years,” the organization’s grand opening invitation reads. “Discover our community impact and celebrate the opening of one of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the nation.”

During its expansion, Metro more than doubled the number of exam rooms on site. The facility now features 16 private areas for patients to interact with multiple primary care physicians and specialists. It also offers a laboratory and a pharmacy presented in partnership with Mail Meds, streamlining each patient’s experience.

“You’ll find the comfort of a family doctor while benefiting from Metro’s holistic environment,” the organization advises. “With so many health and wellness resources under one roof, our unique navigation and linkage approach connects your doctor to a network of counselors, case managers and pharmacists in real time.”

Metro will highlight its many offerings during the grand opening celebration via tours of the updated space as staff and clients alike provide personal testimony. Attendees will also be treated to a number of door prizes, games and activities while enjoying a complimentary cookout, hors d’oeuvres and open bar.

Music will be provided by DJ L Mo and Co. as guests congregate in Metro’s new grand hall. The afternoon will also include special performances by the Scott and Patti show as Tampa Bay fan favorite entertainer Matthew McGee hosts the gathering.

“The late Garry Breul first introduced me to Metro over a decade ago,” McGee says. “We’ve raised money and awareness through our Pride shows for almost 20 years! It seems like the perfect opportunity for me to say thank you again to Metro by helping them celebrate this major accomplishment.”

“While we serve many within our Tampa Bay  community, a fast-growing number of our primary care clients are LGBTQ+,” Metro Vice President of Marketing and Communication Brian Bailey adds. “They appreciate our all-inclusive approach to healthcare in a stigma-free environment. This new facility allows us to meet that surging demand.”

Metro’s Grand Opening will be held Feb. 9 from 2-6 p.m. at 3251 3rd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. Donations will be accepted. For more information, visit metrotampabay.org, call 727-321-3854 or search for “Metro Grand Opening” on Facebook.

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