OAKLAND, CA – Asian Health Services (AHS) announces the opening of a New Clinic in Spring 2013, located at the site of the former Silver Dragon restaurant in the heart of Oakland’s Chinatown and a $750,000 contribution from Kaiser Permanente toward the $3 million Capital Campaign supporting the project.
The New Clinic will house 20 exam rooms and serve up to 10,000 patients from the community. It will feature a Geriatric Center of Excellence, a welcoming environment for patient check-in and registration, as well as gathering spaces for community meetings. This is a significant expansion for AHS.
“Kaiser Permanente is a long-time community partner and supporter of AHS,” said Sherry Hirota, CEO of AHS. “We are grateful to Kaiser for jumpstarting our Capital Campaign with a contribution of $750,000.”
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to support Asian Health Services and to play a role in helping increase access to high-quality health care for the diverse communities in the East Bay,” said Yvette Radford, Vice President, External and Community Affairs for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.” For many years, we’ve partnered with Asian Health Services to provide health care services in a way that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. Continuing this partnership is particularly important as the industry prepares to welcome millions of newly insured people who will have health care coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”
The new facility houses 15,000 sq. ft. of clinic space on 3 floors. In addition to exam rooms, there will be nursing stations, lab stations, and counseling rooms for individual and group visits for chronic disease management. The clinic will be staffed by 10 doctors and 32 clinic support staff.
In recent years, demand for health services by AHS has been growing rapidly and outstrips its current capacity to serve medically underserved patients.
“There are over 4,500 patients are on our waiting list for physical exam appointments,” said Dr. Susan Huang, Medical Director of AHS. “New patients often wait up to four months for an appointment for non-urgent care.”
Community health centers across the nation are working to expand capacity in preparation to serve the additional 35 million Americans who will receive health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. AHS anticipates that in 2014, when national health care reform is fully implemented, there will be even more newly insured patients seeking services at AHS.
“Alameda County is working with its network of community health centers in preparing for the full implementation of health care reform,” said Ms. Hirota. “We are grateful to Alameda County for its gift of $200,000 to our Capital Campaign.”
“This New Clinic is a vital and timely expansion to our capacity. A new health center at the heart of Chinatown is more-much more-than bricks and mortar. It’s an opportunity to build community, a place for us to gather, to get to know each other, to support each other in creating healthy lives and a healthy community.”