FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS BRING HEALTH CENTER AND JOBS TO LEMON GROVE
March 2, 2010 (Lemon Grove)--Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) held a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration last week for the Lemon Grove Family Health Center, which was funded by a $1.3 million federal stimulus grant.
The facility will give 3,000 Lemon Grove residents already served at other FHCSD clinics a location in their own neighborhood to obtain affordable, quality, primary medical care. An additional 1500 patients are expected to use the health center within three years. The clinic will also create nine new jobs for Lemon Grove, a number that will grow as the clinic expands the number of patients it serves.
Among those attending the celebration were Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, the Board of Directors of the Grossmont Healthcare District, and representatives of the offices of Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Representatives Susan Davis and Duncan Hunter, and of state legislators representing Lemon Grove.
“We are so pleased to partner with the City of Lemon Grove, the Grossmont Healthcare District and the federal government to bring much-needed health services to the residents of Lemon Grove,” says Gene Hartman, Regional Director for Family Health Centers. “Everyone is welcome at our clinics. We accept Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and can assist families in applying for programs that may cover the cost of their care.”
A two-year federal stimulus grant will cover a portion of the clinic’s operating expenses. The remaining operating budget will be covered by patient payments and by public health insurance reimbursement programs, such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
Construction costs for the clinic were supported by a $150,000 grant from the Grossmont Healthcare District for exterior improvements and an estimated $100,000 donation from the City of Lemon Grove for public improvements, including sidewalks and utility undergrounding.
The clinic currently operates 8:30-12:30, Monday through Friday. The hours will expand to full time once the final clinic license is issued by the California Department of Public Health. Services include comprehensive primary care for children and adults, physicals and well child check-ups, immunizations, health education, women’s health, family planning, and management of chronic conditions.
All patients are welcome at Lemon Grove Family Health Center. The clinic has a special commitment to serve families with public health insurance like Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, as well as low income patients and those who are uninsured. Many patients will qualify for programs that cover all or most of the cost of their care.
FHCSD currently cares for 3,000 Lemon Grove residents at their other surrounding clinics. The new clinic will make healthcare much more accessible for them. By its third year of operation, the clinic is expected to serve over 4,500 patients a year.
Patients who want more information or to make an appointment should call 619-515-2550.
More information and appointments are available by calling 619-515-2300 or by visiting http://www.fhcsd.org/