United Health Centers of Mendota broke ground on their expansion site in September, just a few feet from their present clinic. The new clinic will total 12,000 square feet and will provide both state-of-the-art medical equipment, space for three dental care providers and one optometry room.
It is a much deserved upgrade, and both staff and patients are excited about the change. About 7,500 patients are currently enrolled in the clinic. Right now, there are usually five physicians on hand at all times but with the expansion, the Center will add three more doctors.
At the ground breaking ceremony, I spoke with United Health Centers medical assistant Raquel Mercado. "The new clinic will be great because of all the space that will be available and the new services that it will house such as WIC [Women, Infants and Children nutrition support] and Medi-Cal." The new layout shows both these programs will have their own office space.
Mercado says the employees can't wait for the extra space. "We won't be so crowded around the nurses' station," she says, adding that the current close quarters sometimes make it difficult to get paperwork taken care of during times of high patient volume.
Mendota's population of nearly 13,000 is in dire need of more medical and dental resources. Funders include United Health Care and Affordable Care Act-Capital Development Grants.
United Health Centers says the expansion is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2012.