SAN YSIDRO–San Ysidro Health Center will celebrate the grand opening of the King-Chavez Health Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 7.
Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblyman Ben Hueso, County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts, Mayor Jerry Sanders, City Council President Anthony Young, and other officials will join San Ysidro Health Center CEO and President Ed Martinez and San Ysidro Health Center Chair Macario Gutierrez at the community open house.
The ceremony runs 3 to 6 p.m. at the center, 950 South Euclid in San Diego.
Funding for the new 25,000 square foot facility was provided through a competitive federal program called the Facilities Improvement Program administered by Health and Human Resources Agency.
This competitive funding program started in 2009 with approximately 600 applications. After an extensive review process, the Facilities Improvement Program awarded only 80 grants to community clinics across the nation. California received only eleven grant awards, and in San Diego County only two grants received funding. San Ysidro Health Center was awarded a $9,754,515 grant for the King-Chavez Health Center.
According to Martinez, the three-story state-of-the-art health center will provide the community with comprehensive health services including family medicine, family counseling, prenatal care, a women’s health and wellness center, pediatrics, HIV services, health education, radiology, laboratory, and a dental clinic for children, adults and individuals with special needs.
“The King-Chavez Health Center’s primary service goal,” Martinez said, “is to provide a healthcare home to all patients—one that serves as the first point of entry into the healthcare system—while also providing continuity of care over time, as well as emphasizes preventive care and coordinates care across various institutional barriers.”
Since 1969, San Ysidro Health Center has served as one of the county’s largest safety net providers delivering health services to low-income, uninsured residents. Currently servicing the South Bay and Central San Diego, SYHC now provides an extensive array of family-oriented primary health care services, including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, adult medicine, dental care, mental health, podiatry, radiology, laboratory, and pharmacy. Construction for the Center will meet Leed Silver Certification requirements, incorporating high efficiency plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as recycled and local construction materials.