The Redding Rancheria recently broke ground at a ceremony in the Industrial Park in east Weaverville, for a new clinic to replace the existing one. The groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday, June 16, at 81 Arbuckle Way and included blessings from tribal elders.
The Redding Rancheria, a family health center in Weaverville, rents a 6,000-square-foot clinic at 31660 Highway 3, employing about 15 personnel. The new clinic will be three times larger and will have almost twice as many staff members.
According to information provided by the Rancheria, the estimated cost of the new building comes to about $12 million. Redding Rancheria Executive Director of Health Services Glen Hayward said the construction will come to $9.1 million and the rest will be used to equip the facility.
The expansion will bring practices such as endocrinology and cardiology and will expand on its existing psychiatry services.
“We have close to 3,000 patients now,” Hayward said. “When we’re fully open, we should have close to 8,000 patients.”
Hayward said the new clinic should be open next summer and said the concept is that the new facility will not be a typical medical center but a holistic one-stop shop for health and wellness. He said the center will offer amenities like swimming, water aerobics, yoga classes, a demonstration kitchen where people can learn to make healthy dishes and a community room that may be used by the community free of charge.
According to information provided by the Rancheria, the new center will be open five days a week, will be open to all who have Partnership Health insurance, Medi-Cal and Medicare.
“In addition to counseling for drug and alcohol patients we will offer a medication-assisted recovery program using Suboxone for those addicted to prescription opioids and heroin,” the information states. “We will have an urgent care department for walk-in appointments and minor emergencies. We will be offering dental care, cardiology, marriage and family counseling, behavioral health, endocrinology, psychiatry and physical therapy.”
Hayward said the contractor, Cerami and Browning, will be starting the project soon.