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Russian River Health Center Fire Recovery: Open for Business

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Russian River Health Center Fire Recovery: Open for Business

Despite the fire that devastated our building on December 26, 2015, RRHC medical providers continue to serve our patients in temporary offices adjacent to the Russian River Dental Clinic at 16312 Third Street in Guerneville. The old Russian River Health Center building has been demolished and construction crews are now working to install a large modular medical building on the old RRHC site. The temporary modular medical building will be open for service in July 2016. West County Health Centers has plans to rebuild and open a new permanent facility for the Russian River Health Center in the next two to three years in Guerneville.

The Russian River Health Center has been a vital source of medical care in the Guerneville and lower Russian River community for more than 40 years and we are rebuilding as quickly as possible. Our patients continue to have uninterrupted access to vital medical, dental, and mental health services despite the loss of the medical building in Guerneville.

Of the 15,000 West County Health Centers patients in western Sonoma County, 3,500 patients receive medical and mental health services at Russian River Health Center. Prior to the fire, the Russian River Health Center averaged 50 patient appointments per day in Guerneville.

On Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 16319 Third Street in Guerneville, the arrival and placement of five modular units began. The fully assembled modular medical building will occupy 3300 square feet, including 7 exam rooms, a group visit room, and a lab. West County Health Centers plans to transition medical care from our temporary facilities adjacent to the Russian River Dental Clinic into this larger medical modular building in July. This large medical modular building will temporarily replace the Russian River Health Center building which was destroyed by a fire on December 26, 2016. West County Health Centers plans to rebuild a new permanent facility for the Russian River Health Center at another location in Guerneville over the next two to three years.

West County Health Centers will continue to care for all of our Russian River Health Center patients. Information and Updates are posted regularly on the West County Health Centers website wchealth.org .

West County Health Centers attributes its incredible resiliency in the face of the devastating fire to the tremendous commitment of the RRHC staff, medical providers, care teams, and all WCHC staff. West County Health Centers is extremely grateful to our health care partners, vendors, community partners and supporters for the amazing outpouring of support for our organization, our staff, and our patients. We continue to be thankful every day that there was no loss of life or injuries from this terrible fire.

West County Health Centers continues to be an economic driver for all the communities we operate in, employing 180 professional staff, 65 of which are full time employees at our sites in Guerneville.

The tremendous offers of help, donations and support from our elected officials, donors, patients, supporters and our community have kept our spirits high as we continue to recover from this crisis and begin planning to create something even better for our patients from the ashes of our old RRHC home. West County Health Centers’ mission is to provide comprehensive, quality, and accessible health care services to the communities of western Sonoma County. We are a cohesive team of health care providers, support staff, and volunteers dedicated to wellness, compassion, affordability and excellence of care.  We believe in non-judgmental and equal care for all members of our diverse community.

The strength of our Health Center is in the people... our staff, our care teams, our patients and our community. We will rebuild our Russian River Health Center building and we look forward to the opportunity to create something even better for our patients.”- Mary Szecsey, Executive Director, West County Health Centers

West County Health Centers is accepting donations from people who want to help the Russian River Health Center “Build for the Future”. Please visit wchealth.org/help/donations to donate online or checks may be mailed to:  Russian River Health Center, c/o West County Health Centers, PO BOX 1449, Guerneville, CA 95446

It is a great honor to care for our communities and provide a trusted “medical home” for thousands of people in western Sonoma County, including the most vulnerable and under-served. wchealth.org.