Project: Petaluma Health Center
Address: 1179 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Owner: Petaluma Health Center
Financing: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- $8.9 million; Procurement of $500,000 by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma; Bond financing --$620,000 bond issuance grant from UnitedHealthcare, which then purchased $5.87 million in bonds.Tax-exempt bonds backed by Cal-Mortgage, a division of Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Kaiser Permanente grant of $20,000
Project Cost: $16 million
Description: A new 52,000 square foot medical center that replaces previous location of 15,000 square feet. 42 medical exam rooms. Transformed vacant office space to level 3 OSHPD health center. Work included minor site and exterior renovations and major interior improvements to 44,500 square feet.
Project Manager: Daryl Johnson
Completion: June 2011
General Contractor: Midstate Construction
Architect: DES Architects + Engineers, Inc.
Mechanical / Plumbing Engineer: The Engineering Partnership
Electrical Engineer: Suite 16 Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineer: BKF
Major Subcontractors: Amparan Flooring, American Blinds & Draperies, California Tile Installers, Ceiling Experts, Centerline Plumbing, Clark Roofing, Coggins Fence, Conklin Brothers, Drapery Concepts, DV Pro Painting, Empire Insulation, Glass & Sash, Hardware Tech, Hilo Erectors, Hinds Brothers, Indoor Environmental, Landesign Construction, Marden Construction, Masonry Contractors Installers, North Bay Concrete, North Bay Coring & Cutting, Northgate Company, Northwest General Engineering, Pacific Door Products, Pacific Heating & Air Conditioning, Partition Specialties, Pioneer Fire Protection, R. McClure Electric, Redwood Empire Awning, Standards of Excellence, Stripe N Seal, UC Design Custom Cabinetry.
PETALUMA -- When the Petaluma Health Center opened the doors to its brand new, 52,000-square-foot location this June, an immediate impact was felt by both staff and patients working in and getting treatment at the federally qualified health center.
The new medical center, at 1179 North McDowell Blvd., more than tripled the size of its previous location on Southpoint Boulevard, thus enabling the safety-net center to treat a constantly increasing number of patients.
"We immediately had the ability to care for 3,000 more patients when we opened. We were turning away hundreds of new patients each month before we moved, and now we are able to meet the current demand for services," said Holly Butler, director of community relations for the center.
Like federally qualified health centers throughout the country, the Petaluma Health Center has seen its patient load vastly increase over the past several years. The federal health care overhaul of 2010 by President Obama will deliver some 32 million Americans into the health care system; in Sonoma County, about 45,000 new patients are expected, and the region's health centers are expected to absorb a great deal of the previously uninsured and continually underinsured.
A former office building built in 1985, the new center was made possible with $8.9 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. It was one of 85 federally qualified health centers nationally to receive stimulus monies. Additionally, UnitedHealthcare, as part of a 20-year, $200 million California Health Care Investment Program, provided support by way of a $620,000 grant and by purchasing $5.87 million of the project’s tax-exempt bonds, which were backed by Cal-Mortgage, a division of the Office of Statewide Health and Planning Development. Another $500,000 was procured by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, bringing the total project cost to more than $16 million.
Kaiser Permanente helped the center secure its stimulus dollars with a $20,000 grant. But it also shared expertise in helping the center identify what was included in total project costs — permit fees, moving expense, furniture and other technical matters — that ultimately helped the center meet all necessary requirements for the federal funding.