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Breaking Ground on New West County Health Center

May 19, 2011

William Walker, MD
Contra Costa Health Services

After many months of planning, we are celebrating the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art health center that will replace our aging Richmond Health Center and help us better serve West County residents.

Hello, I'm Dr. William Walker, Director of Contra Costa Health Services and County Health Officer. I'd like to tell you about the West County Health Center, which will be located near Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo and create a medical hub for the region.

We were able to secure a site along San Pablo Avenue near Vale Road. We are grateful for the hard work of the City of San Pablo for helping find this new site. We hope to see more of this type of collaboration as we move forward with health care reform.

The effort to relocate and rebuild the Richmond Health Center has been years in the making. For various reasons, we were not able to move forward until late 2009 when Contra Costa Health Services was awarded an unprecedented $12 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for exactly this purpose.

The Richmond Health Center is approaching 50 years, which is old for a health center. In fact, it's the only one of our eight health centers that has not been replaced. By September 2012, we will have a high quality facility to match the high quality service we offer our patients.

The current Health Center provides primary and specialty care, well baby visits, immunization and other critical services to the community. It was praised several years ago for providing high quality care despite the aging facility. We will continue to provide these services.

We think this plan will benefit the community in a number ways. It increases the number of people we will be able to serve; it increases access to important services; it is accessible by public transportation; it allows more space for parking; and, most importantly, the new West County Health Center gives the community the state-of-the-art Health Center it deserves.

Please visit our website at to find out more about the West County Health Center and view conceptual renderings.

Thanks for listening.

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