New county health center will assist residents without insurance

OCEANSIDE — North County Health Services, or NCHS, is constructing a 12,000-square-foot community health center in Oceanside’s Loma Alta neighborhood on Crouch Street, just north of Oceanside Boulevard. The new health center will replace NCHS’ Oceanside Carlsbad Health Center, now operating at full capacity. NCHS currently operates three separate health centers in Oceanside. In 2008, these clinics served a combined total of 20,415 patients in 74,663 visits. These facilities, all operating at capacity, are critical for servicing the primarily low-income population living in Oceanside.
The new health center will house 22 exam rooms and will integrate pediatrics, adult medicine, mental health and health education programs; incorporate pediatric and obstetric departments; offer senior care, teen services and outreach activities; allow for increased pharmacy space with extended hours; add digital X-ray capability; enlarge health education classrooms; and provide waiting rooms with designated areas for infectious patients.
NCHS’ efforts to be the solution for the uninsured in North County are starting to pay off. Thanks to several generous grants, NCHS has propelled forward in a vigorous $2.1 million capital campaign to build this new health center in the City of Oceanside. With grants from Kaiser Permanente ($500,000); The Community Clinics Initiative, a joint project of the Tides Foundation and The California Endowment ($250,000); and the S. Mark Taper Foundation ($25,000), NCHS has reached more than 60 percent of their goal.
In addition, NCHS received a total grant of $100,000 from Price Family Charitable, which offers $50,000 in year one and $50,000 contingent upon raising matching funds in year two.
“We hope to draw the interest of other local individual donors and organizations that will support the need for increased access to healthcare in Oceanside by matching Price Family Charitable Funds’ $50,000 donation,” Irma Cota, NCHS’ president and chief executive officer, said. “These donations will greatly impact our ability to complete a successful capital campaign, and strengthen NCHS’ capacity to enhance the quality of care and improve access to healthcare for low-income, underserved patients in Oceanside.”
For more, visit www.nchs-health.org or call (760) 736-6767.

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