Monday, October 22, 2012

West County Health Center shining example of the future

On a recent visit to our new West County Health Center, I was thrilled to see how excited staff are to be working in our state-of-the-art facility in San Pablo. They have done an incredible job or ensuring a successful move from our aging Richmond Health Center that the new center replaced.

This new health center, which opened October 9, will help us better serve West Contra Costa County residents, increasing the number of people we can serve and improving access to care.

Not only is the new health center beautiful with vibrant colors and a design reflecting our diverse community, the 53,000-square-foot, environmentally-friendly facility is significantly larger and has 58 exam rooms to help meet the demand for health care in the area.

The goal is to create a health hub in the community and this new facility will serve as a patient-centered health home to provide the right care, at the right place and at the right time. The West County Health Center offers primary and specialty care, well-baby visits, cardiology and other critical services. A $1 million contribution from John Muir Health also will help us offer expanded evening and weekend care at the center starting next year. The additional hours will provide a timely and convenient source of care to people who need to be seen the same day but don't require a trip to an emergency department, allowing us to effectively partner with nearby Doctors Medical Center.

Thank you to all who made this possible, including Congressman George Miller, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and the Board of Supervisors, the City of San Pablo, and CCHC Director Dr. William Walker. You can read a recent news story on the center here:

And a very special thank you to all of the Contra Costa County employees who made this possible and for their commitment to those we serve.

More very soon,

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