New West County Health Center Grand Opening

New West County Health Center held its grand opening this week at 13601 San Pablo Ave. (near Vale Road) in San Pablo.

The new West County Health Center held its grand opening this week at 13601 San Pablo Ave. (near Vale Road) in San Pablo, offering primary and specialty care that includes well-baby visits and immunizations and will soon be expanded to evening and weekend care. The Obama administration kicked in a $12 million grant to replace the county’s aging Richmond Health Center. The new center meets the environmental Silver LEED standards and replaces the Richmond Health Center, which was built in the 1960s and considered too expensive to repair. Like the old center, the new facility will provide outpatient care for about 80,000 patients each year. The clinic will serve patients on the county public health plan from Richmond, unincorporated North Richmond, San Pablo, and El Sobrante. At the new 53,000-square-foot facility, which cost $45 million to build, patients will have access to a range of 53 different services, including cardiology and pediatrics, outpatient surgery, nursing, home visiting, mental health specialists and substance abuse services. In the 1970s, Contra Costa County became the first county in the country to develop a county-administered public health plan.  About a tenth of the county’s residents obtain their services through the health plan, including low-income Medi-Cal recipients, the majority of county employees, and people who earn too much to qualify for state healthcare programs but can’t afford private insurance.
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