As soon as next month, patients of the UC Davis Family Medicine clinic at 2000 O St. will be temporarily displaced as they wait for what promises to be a bigger, better primary care clinic opening later this year.
Construction is underway at 3160 Folsom Blvd., near the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Alhambra Boulevard, where a new clinic will offer primary care, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric services and specialty consultations as early as fall of 2015, said Dr. Kurt Slapnik, medical director for the UC Davis primary care network.
The O Street clinic, which serves about 9,000 patients, will close when the lease on the building ends this spring. Those patients will be distributed between several other UC Davis clinics, including the Elk Grove family medicine clinic and a primary care facility near California State University, Sacramento.
Once open, the Folsom Boulevard clinic will also serve the 12,000 patients from the internal medicine clinic on J Street and 6,000 patients from the pediatric clinic on Stockton Boulevard, though those locations will stay open until the new clinic is ready due to more flexible lease conditions.
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“We understand that this may be inconvenient for some of our patients and cause some concern, but we’ve been making efforts to make it as smooth as possible,” Slapnik said.
The new Folsom Boulevard clinic is “ going to be state of the art,” Slapnik said. “It’s going to offer a wider range of services. This is going to lead to better and improved patient access and will lead to better care for our patients.”
Slapnik said the expansion is a response to the increasing demand for primary care services as more people enroll in health care through the Affordable Care Act.
After the UC Davis Medical Group vacates the O Street space, Cares Community Health – currently at 1500 21st St. – will move in, expanding its current size and offerings. Cares has been a staple for those suffering from HIV/AIDS for 25 years and wants to expand its patient base, said spokeswoman Janet Parker.
The clinic became a federally qualified health center in July 2014, which designates it as a provider for underserved and vulnerable populations.
The space at 2000 O St. has 23 exam rooms, which Cares will use to expand its primary care and dental care offerings.
“There’s such a huge need, it’s almost overwhelming,” Parker said.
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