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New Health Center Breaks Ground in West Contra Costa County

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

County.”

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.

Written by Globe Newspapers

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