PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For nearly 20 years, Portland High School students have been able to access free health care services through a center in the basement of their building.
The School-Based Health Center opened in 1995, and has served thousands of students, regardless of insurance and ability to pay.
With a $225,000 grant through the Affordable Care Act, The City of Portland, Public Health was able to upgrade the center, and triple its size.
In a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Health Center staff and city officials celebrated the new center.
It now has upgraded equipment and more space for mental health and dental exams.
The space has been named after longtime Portland High School nurse and advocate for children, Amanda Rowe.
"It's important for us as a community to leave a legacy of examples of people that represent the best of our community," said Mayor Michael Brennan. "That's what we're doing today."