Health center demonstrates longevity and commitment as a health partner in the community
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on January 31, 2014 to formally introduce its new expanded facility to the community. Health Center leadership, local government officials, business associates and friends attended, hearing remarks from Congressman Mike Thompson and Supervisor Susan Gorin.
Cheryl Johnson, CEO of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, described the new location as a continuation of the vision to serve the community with comprehensive health care within the Sonoma Valley community.
“We have been preparing for the transformation and expansion of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center for over eight years,” Johnson stated during a brief ceremony Friday. “This is a big and exciting day for us and for the community we support. We want to especially thank Congressman Mike Thompson today, who was instrumental in securing a $5 million federal grant for the new facility for Sonoma Valley.”
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center is constructing a new, permanent location in Sonoma Valley. Currently located off Napa Street in downtown Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center sought to expand their space outside of what their existing facility would allow. The new health center is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014 and will almost triple the clinical space and available parking in support of the growing needs of the community.
“You don’t have to look any further than the new community health center in Sonoma Valley to see that health care reform is creating jobs and improving access to quality care,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5). “I am proud to have worked with leaders in our community to secure a $5 million ACA grant to make this center possible. Because of our hard work, people from across our valley will be able to come to the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center to get affordable care. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this health center possible.”
Approximately 50 guests attended the groundbreaking event including, Congressman Mike Thompson (California's 5th Congressional District), Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Supervisor (1st District Supervisor), Mayor Tom Rouse, City of Sonoma, as well as Sonoma Valley Community Health Center leadership, business associates and friends. The event began with remarks from Kathleen Bianchi-Rossi, Director of Development, followed by Cheryl Johnson, CEO and Susan Drake, Board Chair. Congressman Thompson and Supervisor Gorin also made remarks, saluting the health center for their strength and growth as a local, Sonoma Valley business.
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center has deep roots in the community. The construction of their new location provides community members with space in the Community Education Center. The new community health center will include a Family Practice Clinic, Obstetrics & Specialty Services Wing, Integrated Behavioral Health Services, a Dental Clinic, Health Navigator Center and a Community Education Center.
“We’re recognizing the importance of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center and it’s role in the community and the essential services it provides,” said Gorin. “We’re a big supporter of the efforts in finding a site that was appropriate for the health center’s needs and a site that will allow service to more members of the Sonoma Valley community.”
The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center is the largest provider of primary medical services to Medi-Cal, low income, and uninsured patients in Sonoma Valley. We serve all patients regardless of insurance level or ability to pay. Annually, the health center serves over 7,000 patients, resulting in more than 30,000 patient visits that ultimately increase the health and well-being of the community.