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Woodland health care facility to open soon

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Ceramic artist and Yolo County resident Donna Billick oversaw the building of the Hansen Family Health Center's entrance sculpture. Participants from community, staff and patients constructed the sculpture with tiles of homes, buildings, farm scenes and other community symbols. Getting a closer look at the art are Robin Affrime, CEO of CommuniCare Health Centers, and John Bonner, development director. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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From page A1 | February 06, 2014 |

The Hansen Family Health Center will open this spring in Woodland to expand CommuniCare Health Centers’ services in the county, providing new facilities for medical, dental and perinatal care as well as behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment.

With small beginnings 42 years ago when it was known as the Davis Free Clinic, CommuniCare Health Centers is now a federally qualified health center and offers five sites throughout Yolo County — the Davis Community Clinic, the Esparto Dental Clinic, Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, the Peterson Clinic in Woodland and the John H. Jones Clinic in Woodland.

The $9.3 million facility, at 215 W. Beamer St., will replace both the Peterson and John H. Jones clinics.

The Peterson Clinic, located in a 70-year-old building across the street that was formerly the county hospital, provided primary medical and dental care for the uninsured in Woodland for more than 20 years. The Jones Clinic has housed CommuniCare’s substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services since 2000.

Because of increases in patient visits to both facilities, CommuniCare applied for and received a $5 million grant from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s an acknowledgment that community health care centers are going to be a really important factor in the health care system under the act,” said Robin Affrime, CEO of CommuniCare Health Centers. “We touch a lot of lives in Yolo County.”

Last year, CommuniCare saw 95,000 patient visits from nearly 22,000 people.

At 21,000 square feet, the center offers 45 percent more space than the combined total of the two facilities it replaces, Affrime said. The number of dental operatories will increase from three to six, and the number of examination rooms will rise from 11 to 19.

Affrime said CommuniCare expects to see an increase of about 10 percent in patient visits and higher numbers over the next few years because of the Affordable Care Act.

Last year, 41 percent of CommuniCare’s patients were uninsured.

“A lot of those people will be eligible for medical expansion under Medi-Cal … and when people have coverage, they’re more likely to use the facility properly,” Affrime said, such as coming in sooner instead of waiting for treatment and ending up in the emergency room.

The Hansen Family Health Center plans to open sometime next month, and is awaiting final state licensing approvals, which could be as early as this month, she said.

— Reach Jason McAlister at jmcalister@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052.

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