San Jose Mercury News - State-of-the-art health center to be built in East Palo Alto

January 30, 2014
In The News

By Bonnie Eslinger

Construction of a $29 million health center in East Palo Alto is scheduled to begin today.

Today, the Ravenswood Family Health Center will officially break ground for the two-story health center on three acres at Bay and Pulgas roads. U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier are expected to attend to commemorate the event, along with East Palo Alto Mayor Laura Martinez and San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum.

The "state of the art" facility will be able to serve about 22,000 patients a year, or twice as many as the one at 1798 Bay Road can accommodate, according to the nonprofit's announcement.

The 38,000-square-foot facility will have 58 primary care exam rooms, 13 behavioral health counseling rooms, a laboratory, imaging and mammography space, and optometry and pharmacy services. It's projected to open by the spring of 2015.

Half of the funds for the Ravenswood Family Health Center would come from Medi-Cal and other public health programs for low-income individuals, 31 percent from government grants, 17 percent from foundations and 2 percent from donations, according to the center's website.

Local donors include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The cost of the new building will be defrayed by a $5 million federal grant, made available through the Affordable Care Act to expand existing health provider capacity and serve more patients, according to the Ravenswood center's announcement.

The center's service area includes East Palo Alto, Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, and North Fair Oaks in unincorporated Redwood City. According to Ravenswood's website, about 71 percent of the patients are Latino.