Health & Medicine

WellSpace Health opens newest clinic in Citrus Heights

WellSpace Health, formerly known as The Effort, will mark the opening of its eighth community clinic in Citrus Heights this month as it continues its efforts to provide health care for Sacramento’s low-income and uninsured population.

At a ceremony Thursday, the non-profit will celebrate the opening of the San Juan Community Health Center, which began providing service on Oct. 6. The center includes a primary care clinic and a pharmacy. The clinic also contains 15 examination rooms and an on-site lab, and offers adult and pediatric primary care services. WellSpace will partner with Sacramento Covered in an effort to enroll more people in health insurance and public benefit programs.

WellSpace Health, established in 1953, now has eight health care centers, six satellite centers and two residential substance rehabilitation centers throughout the region.

In 2008, WellSpace was designated a federally qualified health center, serving only low-income and uninsured patients. Dignity Health provided core funding for the center, which will be open full time, five days a week.

Dr. Jonathan Porteus, CEO of WellSpace Health, said the Citrus Heights area formerly lacked public care facilities other than the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, which will now be able to refer patients to the community clinic when appropriate.

“Historically we’ve called it ‘walking the plank’ – you’ve left a hospital and it’s like you’re walking into the unknown,” he said. “These programs and our expansion of our health centers were built to help bridge the gap between the plank and the community.”

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

What: San Juan Community Health Center Grand Opening

When: Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: 5959 Greenback Lane, Suite 500, Citrus Heights

More info: For appointments call 916-737-5555 or visit