Western Sierra Medical Clinic Announces Plans to
Build a New Grass Valley Health Facility
GRASS VALLEY, CA February 15, 2013 Western Sierra Medical Clinic (WSMC) has announced its plans to build a new facility for Miners Family Health Center on 5.3 acres near Grass Valley’s Brunswick Basin.
Current building plans are in progress for a 16,800 square foot, one-story, fully ADA accessible medical facility that would be located at 844 Old Tunnel Road. The non-profit organization recently purchased this land with the purpose of building a facility to support the health center’s growing and multi-faceted services, including primary medical care, adult and pediatric dental, maternity health, individual and group therapy, pediatrics, case management and a variety of supplemental services.
Additionally, the new site will include state-of-the-art tele-health capabilities linking patients to specialists outside the region, a lab draw clinic, and ample community and patient education space to allow for expansion of the Health Center’s robust educational outreach programs and patient education.
Plans for the new $4.9 health center reflect advanced thinking about the way people work toward health and healing. The building supports Western Sierra Medical Clinic’s team approach to healthcare that includes education, case management, counseling, specialty referrals, and preventive care to keep individuals healthier.
“The Community Health Center model actually reduces costs to our healthcare system by improving overall patient health and reducing the frequency of emergency room visits and expensive hospitalizations which might be avoided,” says Scott McFarland. “Our approach places the patient at the center of care, and coordinates all of the support necessary to improve the patient’s wellness.”
The project is being funded through the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) with a USDA loan guarantee. Additional community support will be allocated to specific programmatic needs or improvements to health center technology and educational resources.
To provide an understanding of the need for the new building, Western Sierra Medical Clinic reports that two hundred new patients join the practice every month at Miners Family Health Center.
In 2013, Miners Family Health Center projects that they will provide 44,000 visits to patients, and this number is expected to increase to 60,000 per year by 2015 due to healthcare reform, an expansion to take all insurances, and increased capacity with the new facilities.
“We are very excited to be able to bring this important facility to our community,” says McFarland. “In addition to better serving our patients, we believe the new location will help act as an economic driver for the Glenbrook Basin and contribute to the overall vibrancy of our community.”
It is Western Sierra Medical Clinic’s mission to provide quality services to all patients, without regard to their ability to pay. WSMC offers a sliding fee discount to patients who qualify and accepts a wide range of insurances.
WSMC is governed by a consumer Board of Directors comprised of local community members and patients of the health center. This board ensures that the clinic’s services are aligned with and in direct response to the community’s need.
History of Miners
Miners Community Clinic began in 1989 in Nevada City as a solo practice by Dr. Dee Dawkins based in the old Miner’s Hospital. The practice saw a need that wasn’t being met within the community, and opened its doors to serve individuals who could not afford to pay for healthcare elsewhere. The practice grew from very humble beginnings to become the largest out-patient clinic in Nevada County today.
Miners Community Clinic moved to its current location on Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley in 2007.
In January 2010, Western Sierra Medical Clinic, based out of Downieville, CA, merged with Miners Community Clinic to become a single corporation under the name Western Sierra Medical Clinic, and Miners Clinic was renamed Miners Family Health Center.
Today the two-facility organization is thriving as a Federally Qualified Health Center with nearly 17,000 patients and 70 employees.
For information about Western Sierra Medical Clinic, visit www.wsmcmed.org.
Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Inc. is a non-profit community health center serving 17,000 patients throughout Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties. WSMC offers comprehensive patient-centered medical, dental, maternity and behavioral health care from its sites at Miners Family Health Center in Grass Valley and Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Downieville. It is WSMC’s mission to ensure that every person, regardless of ability to pay, has access to quality health care.