Just beyond the reception desks at the two Clinica Romero health center sites in Los Angeles are signs in English and Spanish that say: “All Are Welcome,” as do buttons worn by staff members.
That message at the two clinics, which welcome patients regardless of whether they can pay, aims to counter fears that health facilities such as clinics are prime arrest sites for undocumented immigrants.
“We are seeing stressed and worried patients as well as conversations about what could happen to patients among clinic staff,” said Nicole Lamoureux, CEO of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFCC), which has clinics in Fresno, Visalia and Tularc.
Local officials on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking for the three-story William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond, which is expected to be up and running in about 18 to 22 months.
Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the $23 million project by Berkeley-based LifeLong Medical Care, which is replacing about 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot healthcare center.
LifeLong aims to use the new facility to consolidate and expand the care it currently provides from three smaller Richmond sites. The provider also operates a healthcare facility in San Pablo, and recently opened one in Pinole.
RICHMOND — LifeLong Medical Care will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 9 for its newest health center, at 150 Harbour Way. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the public is welcome.
The $23 million, LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center is named after the late Dr. William Jenkins Jr., a Greensboro, North Carolina native who opened the first African-American-run pediatrics office in Richmond in 1973 and practiced in the city for five decades, during which he treated more than a million patients, according to an announcement from LifeLong. Jenkins died in 2012 at the age of 83.
The new health center expands pediatric services currently offered at the site and will feature primary care, obstetrics, dental services, and urgent care for families, according to the announcement. Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved plans to replace 4,300 square feet of portable buildings at the site with a 33,742-square-foot health center, LifeLong said. The existing health center will remain open during construction.
A groundbreaking for a three-story healthcare facility at 150 Harbour Way is set to take place on Friday, Feb. 9.
The event runs from 10:30am till noon and the public is welcome.
Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the plans by LifeLong Medical Care to replace about 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot healthcare center featuring a third-floor patio for staff and surface parking lot.
The $23 million project will include pedestrian safety improvements in nearby intersections, and also street trees and landscaping.
LifeLong Downtown Oakland Health Center (DOC) was just mentioned in the San Diego Union Tribune. In California, DOC was one of two winners (out of 24 nationwide!) for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge”, for their exemplary work in managing patients with high blood pressure.
When Joe Griffin’s aunt suffered a stroke last year, she was lucky to be in Richmond.
The city’s Kaiser hospital has the emergency capacity to deal with strokes. In fact, it has a specialty center dedicated to treating that medical emergency. But when the stroke ended and she needed follow-up care, Griffin’s aunt didn’t know where to go. Growing up, his family was uninsured and relied on Doctor’s Medical Center, then known as Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, for medical care. But the center had closed.
BERKELEY, CA, December 22, 2017 – The flu is already widespread in California this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at high risk of complications or who have trouble breathing should get a medical check-up for possible treatment with anti-viral drugs, recommends a LifeLong Medical Care doctor.
A health clinic in the Mission District has shelved plans to hire a health educator. An East Oakland clinic is delaying a remodel. And a San Francisco program that uses a van to provide medical outreach to homeless people on the street could be on the chopping block.
Across the country, 1,400 community clinics that care for some of the poorest people in the United States are anxiously making contingency plans to cope with potential funding cuts, all because Congress allowed a critical program to lapse.
Republicans recently failed again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But if Congress doesn’t act by tomorrow, Contra Costa County health clinics that serve thousands of low-income patients could still lose millions of dollars in federal funding.
In Richmond and surrounding communities, many low-income, Medi-Cal and uninsured patients rely heavily on the facilities that the Community Health Center Fund has supported since its initiation in 2010. But that source of support is set to expire tomorrow, September 30, unless Congress votes to extend it.
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