Expanding Community Clinic Services
Changing demographics, a difficult economic cycle, and the Affordable Care Act have led to a substantial increase in the number of Contra Costa residents who are or will be receiving Medicare and/or MediCal – or who still do not have any health insurance. For Contra Costa community clinics – which already deliver the bulk of care to low-income individuals – these factors have created a need for more physical space to serve patients.
With that in mind, the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund (CHF) helped La Clínica de La Raza expand its capacity and improve its services in two locations.
In 2009, to increase capacity at its busy Monument clinic, La Clínica purchased a building at 1040 Oak Grove Road that required significant renovation. The CHF provided the initial $750,000 grant for preconstruction costs. Then, in 2011, the CHF provided an additional $50,000 fundraising challenge grant to help La Clínica complete this $10.6 million project.
The new building has enabled La Clínica's Monument clinic to nearly triple the number of patients it serves, from approximately 4,000 in 2008 to an estimated 11,000 in 2012. When the health center reaches full capacity, La Clínica expects it will serve more than 15,000 patients. It is achieving these goals because it:
- Increased the number of medical exam rooms from 5 to 12
- Increased the number of dental chairs from 6 to 12
- Provided space for an optometry and ophthalmology clinic
- Expanded health education and conference areas
- Facilitated integrated, holistic care for all its patients
In addition, in 2011 the CHF provided $181,790 to help La Clínica’s Pittsburg medical facility expand its waiting room, ease access for seniors and disabled clients, add four exam rooms, smooth the clinical flow for patients and providers, and add a conference area suitable for patient education classes. The Pittsburg clinic is now in a position to increase the number of patients it sees by as much as 40 percent.