Our country recently celebrated the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, fondly referred to as Obamacare, which expands healthcare access for millions of individuals throughout the nation. There are plenty of positive changes in store for Californians due to the historic passing of this law. Among them are expansion opportunities for Community Health Centers, which provide quality primary health care services for all patients who are in need of care. A shining star in quality healthcare delivery is La Clínica de La Raza (La Clínica), which was founded in 1971 in response to the lack of health care services for residents of East Oakland.
La Clínica presently operates 29 medical, dental, and school-based clinic sites throughout Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda counties. In 2011 La Clínica served 74,302 patients resulting in 361,261 medical, dental, podiatry, mental health, and health education visits.
As La Clínica continues to expand to meet the needs of a growing patient population, they maintain their vision to be a premier community health center, rooted in the concepts of wellness, prevention and patient-centered care.
La Clínica’s most recent expansion achievement is the opening of a new health center on 2000 Sierra Road, Concord, CA, which began serving patients in the beginning of March. They renovated and expanded a building purchased in 2009 in the Monument Corridor Community to create a 16,958 sq. ft., two-story, modern, state-of-the-art, health care facility.
All are welcome to join in a celebratory Open House for La Clínica’s new site on April 12, 2012 from 5:30-7:30. Location is 2000 Sierra Road, Concord, CA 94518.
Impact of expansion:
- Medical exam rooms increased from 6 to 12 with 2 new procedure rooms
- Dental operatories doubled from 6 to 12
- Expanded site from 5,000 to 16,958 sq. ft.
- Capacity expected to expand the number of patients served annually from 5,000 to close to 14,800 patients
- Ability to provide a “medical and dental home” for more Contra Costa residents (one-stop with comprehensive services under one roof)
- Integrated Behavioral Health Services
- Case Management
- Chronic Disease Management
- Dental Care
- Family Medicine
- HIV Testing
- Health Education
- Women's Health
- Community Programs
- Senior Services
- Optometry Services