[caption id="attachment_18768" align="alignright" width="314" caption="Santa Rosa Community Center's new northeast clinic, located at 3569 Round Barn Circle."][/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- The Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, formerly Southwest, officially closed escrow on the purchase of its $17.7 million Fountaingrove medical facility, officials announced today.

With the purchase of the 42,500-square-foot building on Round Barn Circle, the center said it will be able to serve an additional 9,500 patients that it expects to absorb within the next three years, many of whom lack health insurance altogether and live below the federal poverty line. It currently serves 25,000 patients and is second only to Kaiser Permanente in providing primary care in Santa Rosa.

“The new health center will benefit everyone in the community,” CEO Naomi Fuchs said in a statement. “We will be able to provide a lasting medical home for thousands of people who otherwise would not be able to get the medical care they need and deserve.”

She added that the new center will play an especially vital role for the approximately 100 people the center has to turn down every week due to  lack of space.

The new clinic will offer family practice services, preventative medicine and health education for the uninsured and underinsured in Santa Rosa, and will serve as the outpatient training center for the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency.

Santa Rosa Health’s existing Chanate Family Practice Center will also move into the newly-purchased property, along with the Medicine Residency, while the organization’s six other clinics will remain in their current locations.

The purchase was made possible through $2.1 million in fundraising from the community as well as the sale of more than $15 million in tax-exempt bonds, officials said.

Capital Campaign Manager Jesika Jennings said the center drew $200,000 from its own financial reserves to finalize the funding. The fundraising effort will remain in place as the center attempts to make up that difference while a second phase of fundraising will seek an additional $1.2 million to complete equipment and furnishing of the new center.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors provided $500,000, and more than 50 business and foundations contributed, including Kaiser Permanente, with $350,000 and $100,000 apiece from St. Joseph Health System–Sonoma County, the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation, the Trione Foundation, and individual donors Frank and Kathleen Mayhew

“We have been working on a solution to the overwhelming demand for medical care in Santa Rosa. I am profoundly touched by the generosity of our many dedicated donors and volunteers who responded to this extraordinary opportunity to create a new health center, particularly during difficult economic times,” Ms. Fuchs said.