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Valley Health Team breaks ground on Fresno health center

A groundbreaking was held June 2 for the new Central Fresno Community Health Center at West Ashlan and Cornelia avenues.
A groundbreaking was held June 2 for the new Central Fresno Community Health Center at West Ashlan and Cornelia avenues. Valley Health Team

Valley Health Team is building its first Fresno health center west of Highway 99 to serve families living in the Central Unified School District.

A groundbreaking was held June 2 at 4711 W. Ashlan Ave., east of Cornelia Avenue, to celebrate the start of construction for the 13,126-square-foot Central Fresno Community Health Center.

Valley Health Team is a federally qualified health center that has provided primary care services to underserved urban and rural communities in Fresno County for more than 43 years. It has seven locations in Clovis, Firebaugh, Kerman, Kingsburg, and San Joaquin.

The Fresno center, funded by a $5 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant, is one of two new sites planned. The other is at Tranquillity High School.

The project is “a collaboration between Valley Health Team and Central Unified School District beginning their relationship to provide health care to the central Fresno community,” said Soyla Griffin, Valley Health Team’s chief executive officer. “We believe this site will fill a much needed gap in the health delivery system and will provide improved access to primary health care services in this area.”

The Fresno center will be built using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards and guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. The building will have nine medical exam rooms, one treatment room, one X-ray room, two labs, a dental suite, a behavioral health suite with four consultation rooms and a large multi-resource room.

Construction is expected to finish by April 2017.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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