Congressman Mike Thompson, who was instrumental in securing a $5 million federal grant for the facility, speaks at the ground breaking ceremony Friday for the new and expanded Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.
The site, the long-empty former home of Sonoma Rentals, is located on Highway 12 across from Maxwell Village Shopping Center. The move into an existing structure will enable the new facility to open in late 2014, a year ahead of the original schedule.
Currently located off Napa Street in downtown Sonoma, the center needed to expand to meet patients’ needs. The new location is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014 and will almost triple the clinical space and available parking.
With nearly three times its current space, the new center will include a Family Practice Clinic, Obstetrics & Specialty Services Wing, Integrated Behavioral Health Services, a Dental Clinic, and a Community Education Center.
The center is the largest provider of primary medical services to Medi-Cal, low income, and uninsured patients in Sonoma Valley. It serves 7,000 patients a year resulting in more than 30,000 patient visits annually, numbers that will increase by some 30 percent with the expansion of Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act.