San Pablo, Calif. — After years of planning and searching for a new site, Contra
Costa County has officially broke ground to celebrate the construction of a new
West Contra Costa County Health Center in San Pablo.
“West County residents deserve a health center we can be proud of,” said County
Supervisor John Gioia who has worked on building a new center for more than a
decade. “The new health center will allow the County to improve access to high
quality healthcare services in partnership with other healthcare providers in West
The total project cost is estimated at $45 million. Congressman George Miller
secured $12 million for the project from ARRA Grants — American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009. The balance is financed through a 30-year bond issuance.
The new 53,000 square foot, 2-level state-of-the-art health center will also be LEED
Certified – a building standard for green construction, maintenance, and operations
and is considered to have less impact on the environment.
The new facility will replace the aging Richmond Health Center, which was built more
than 40 years ago in the City of Richmond. The current health center sees more than
7000 patients a month and offers 53 different services to patients including
cardiology and pediatric services. However, the building has exceeded its useful
life and is the only one among the eight health centers operated by Contra Costa
Health Services never to have been replaced, said CCHS Director Dr. William Walker.
“This new health center will help us better serve West County residents, increasing
the number of people we can serve and improving access to care,” Dr. Walker said.
“We’ll continue to provide primary and specialty care at the new facility, along
with well-baby visits, immunizations and other critical services.”
Project construction is expected to be completed in July of 2012 and is scheduled to
be operational and occupied by September of 2012.
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