VISTA — Taking shape at 1000 Vale Terrace is the clinic expansion which will more than double the Vista Community Clinic’s current size of 29,000 square feet.
The 31,000-square-foot addition and 90,000-square-foot parking structure are 65 percent complete, said Chief Executive Officer Barbara Mannino. “We are on target for completion in December and will be seeing the first patients walk through the new doors the second week in January 2012.”
The goal of the clinic expansion is to increase Vista Community Clinic’s capacity to serve an additional 12,000 patients annually by adding 24 exam rooms and accommodating an additional 42,000 patient visits per year. The parking structure will ease the traffic congestion at the very busy Vale Terrace clinic site.
The expanded facility will provide increased capacity for women’s health care services, including family planning, prenatal care, screenings for breast and cervical cancer, and links to health education services such as coronary disease prevention, diabetes self-management, parenting education, childhood obesity prevention, treatment for diseases, immunizations and dental care. The space in the existing Vale Terrace facility to be vacated by the Women’s Center will be used to expand pediatric, family and internal medicine services.
The $20-million expansion plan is being funded in part through an $11.4 million federal grant and a capital campaign. A $1 million campaign to raise the cost of equipment and furnishings for the new expansion is underway.
With three locations in Vista and two in Oceanside, Vista Community Clinic provides low-cost healthcare to nearly 57,000 uninsured and low- to moderate-income members of the community (one in four Vista residents and one in eight in Oceanside). For more information, call (760) 631-5000 ext. 1418 or visit vistacommunityclinic.org.