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'Wall-breaking' ceremony marks start of healthcare facility growth

Published On: Dec 11 2013 08:47:54 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A ground-breaking ceremony was more of a “wall-breaking” ceremony in Shasta County Wednesday.

The renovation project is underway to bring growth to healthcare. There will be a new addition to the facility at the Shasta Community Health Center in Redding. The ceremony was held at the building on Placer Street.

It is a $9-million project. Of that, $5 million is coming from a federal grant.

Administration members explained they are gearing up for the future. They expect about 10,000 previously uninsured Shasta County residents to need their services due to federal health care reform.

“There's a lot of lower-income people in our community who go without basic primary care all the time,” said CEO Dean Germano. “One part of this is having the facilities to accommodate that growth."

The project will take about 15 months to complete. That will include an upgrade in space, with the projected size jumping from 20,000 square feet to more than 72,000 square feet. The number of exam rooms will jump from 56 now to 80 plus when it is done.    

It is a project that has the whole staff excited.

"The mission of our organization is to provide access to people who are in need of primary care,” said Chairman John Di Perry. “I think the staff appreciates the fact that this facility will add to our capability of doing just that."

The added space will give way to a permanent home for the residency program. Board members said that will mean future physicians being trained and staying in the Northstate.