Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC), a federally qualified health center (FQHC), was created in 1988 to address the unmet need for health care among the low-income population of Shasta County in northern California.
With this $18 million project, SCHC added a total of 26,000 square feet to its existing clinic, housing 24 new exam rooms and 8 new procedure rooms. A new second and third floor added a training center for both patient and staff education and flexible conference and meeting rooms. In total, the improved facility has 72,875 square feet and 80 exam rooms.
This project is SCHC’s final phase of a three-part expansion of its flagship health center in Redding, where SCHC provides primary medical and dental services, mental health, urgent care, specialty consults, telemedicine, and HIV services. SCHC specializes in health care for the homeless, provides a ready point of access for the developmentally disabled population, and is a primary resource for medical treatment of substance abuse. In 2012, SCHC saw 36,600 patients, providing 131,250 clinical encounters; SCHC’s visits have increased 20% since 2007.
The project is expected to provide 21,000 to 24,000 additional annual patient visits when fully operational. According to SCHC, the construction created 35 FTE prevailing wage jobs, and upon completion, SCHC created 21 to 24 FTE positions, including 6 clinicians plus support and administrative staff.
This financing is part of Reinvestment Fund’s national effort to provide community health center operators with affordable, flexible financing for the construction, renovation or expansion of their facilities. The initiative is a partnership between Reinvestment Fund and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) with support from the Kresge Foundation. Other financing partners for this project include U.S. Bank, California Statewide Communities Development Corporation and the Health Resources and Services Administration.