As a physician and a public servant, I believe every community deserves quality health care.
I'm Dr. William Walker, Director of Contra Costa Health Services and the County Health Officer.
As a family doctor for more than 30 years, I've always found my patients are delighted to have health care as close to home as possible. Over the years, I've seen many residents struggle hard to get health centers established in their neighborhoods.
The Richmond Health Center at 38th and Bissel in Richmond has been serving West Contra Costa County at that location since the sixties. The Health Center provides primary and specialty care, well baby visits, immunizations and other critical services. The Center recently was praised for providing high quality care despite its deteriorating state.
The Richmond Health Center badly needs to be replaced. It's the only one of our health centers that hasn't been replaced and we are determined that will happen so our patients can get quality care in a quality facility.
At the same time, the City of Richmond wants the property where the Health Center is located to use for commercial development. We understand that. We know that the Health Center stands in a place that could be generating much needed revenue for city services. We want to help.
We think relocating the Health Center could be a win/win situation for Richmond residents. The Health Center gets rebuilt, giving the community a state-of-the-art facility. The City gets the property.
As a physician charged with caring for and improving the health of all people in Contra Costa, I think this is a great opportunity but we don't want to go where we're not wanted. The Health Center must be rebuilt and if it isn't in Richmond, it will be somewhere else in West County.
Richmond residents need to let city officials know what they think. And feel free to let me know as well. Email me on our website at cchealth.org