RICHMOND, CA -- As one of the first African American pediatricians in Richmond, Dr. William Jenkins was extremely dedicated to the community, a devotion highlighted by a 50-year career during which he treated more than a million patients. Now, LifeLong Medical Care will continue Dr. Jenkins’ commitment to the Richmond community through the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center.
A grand opening celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday,
October 15 at the Health Center, 150 Harbour Way.
“We are honored by LifeLong’s decision to name this important new facility after my father,” said John Jenkins, Dr. Jenkins’ son and a member of LifeLong Medical Care’s Board of Directors. “We all believe – LifeLong included -- that my father’s dedication to the Richmond community embodies the commitment that LifeLong has as well. Our family is excited that this health center will provide permanent, high quality health care to ensure the underserved patients of Richmond will receive the care they deserve.”
Before his passing in 2012, Dr. Jenkins merged his practice into LifeLong Medical Care. LifeLong Medical Care recently moved the practice to 150 Harbour Way in an effort to anchor the new Health Center and serve as the foundation to expand services.
The Health Center, which serves pediatric patients, is a staple in the Richmond community. “I’ve known a lot of our patients for three generations,” says Guillermina Flores, who worked with Dr. Jenkins for 39 years and is now the supervisor of the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center. “I see a lot of grandparents coming in – they came in when they were young themselves.”
“We at LifeLong Medical Care are delighted to give permanence to the decades of dedication and quality medical care with which Dr. Jenkins served the Richmond community, said Marty Lynch, LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director and CEO. “I hope we can serve a million more patients at LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center.”
The Jenkins family will join LifeLong Medical Care in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new health center at 11:30 A.M. Radio personality Mia Amour will make an appearance at the celebration. Free raffles, gifts, a kid’s zone and refreshments also are available.
About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 14 health centers, two Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, three school-based health centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.