With a new CEO onboard and construction on its multi-level facility ahead of schedule, OLE Health in Napa is poised to make good on its mission to expand the scope of resources for its patients, who primarily make up the county’s underserved population.

After breaking ground on its new 3-story building in February 2017, OLE is currently 10 days ahead of schedule for completion, said Alicia Hardy, CEO of OLE Health.

“There have been no major issues,” she said of what will be Napa County’s largest community health center. “It will likely be completed in mid-February, and we hope to open by spring.”

Approximately 90 medical and construction jobs are being created to build and staff OLE’s new campus, according to Hardy, who, after serving for nearly 10 years in various leadership roles at OLE, took the reigns as CEO in January.

The new 30,000-square-foot health care facility, located on Gasser Road in South Napa, is being constructed on land donated by The Gasser Foundation, said spokesman Joe Fischer. The Napa nonprofit contributes nearly $2 million each year to support community efforts that enhance quality of life for its residents, according to the foundation’s website.

The new multilevel health center will care for up to 15,000 patients, using 21 exam rooms for primary care, and a triage unit for urgent care services. There are no hospital beds or overnight patients in-house, nor an emergency room.

The new facility will be able to accommodate 6,000 more dental appointments each month, as well as double its current capacity for dental care with the addition of nine more dental chairs, Hardy said.

“We’ll also be adding optometry, which is a brand new service for us,” she said.

The new building also will house a teaching kitchen, expanding upon OLE’s nutrition and health programs and classes, Hardy said. The cooking demonstrations will be available to patients and their families, and can be taught in English or Spanish.

OLE Health currently cares for more than 35,000 patients a year, which breaks down to one in four children, and one in six adults in the county, she said. OLE also has medical offices in Calistoga and St. Helena, as well as in Fairfield in Solano County.

In addition, the health care provider reported it ended its 2017-2018 fiscal year with a total of 107,605 patient visits—9,608 more than the year prior and the highest in OLE Health’s 46-year history.

Napa County Health and Human Services has worked closely with OLE Health for many years, said Mary Butler, interim health and human services director. OLE provides primary medical care for people who receive mental health or substance-use services through the department.

“Prior to our partnership with OLE Health, many of our clients did not find the time or have the ability to stay on top of their medical needs,” Butler said. “This is an important partnership that we value and hope to continue long into the future.”

According to Hardy, the $30 million multilevel facility was funded in two ways: the first half through new-market tax credits, a financing option that allows for 25 percent loan forgiveness at the end of seven years. The second half was funded through a $15 million capital campaign that came from local individuals, foundations and corporations, she said.

Napa Valley Vintners contributed $6 million, and another $2 million came from Trinchero Wine Estates, she said.

Community residents also contributed through a crowdfunding campaign that ultimately reached and exceeded its $100,000 goal, Hardy said.

And, in a broader sense, legislation has factored into OLE Health’s overall well-being.

“Over the past several years, with the Affordable Care Act, there were more resources coming in the door with people having more insurance,” Hardy said.

OLE Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and fees for services are calculated on a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines, according to OLE Health, adding that no patients are ever turned away because of lack of insurance or the inability to pay.

For Hardy, her new role represents an opportunity to keep advancing OLE Health’s offerings. That includes the integrative design of the new facility so patients can easily access everything they need under one roof, as well as investing more in technology.

“That’s the direction health care is going overall and I want us to continue to make that investment,” she said. “I want to see, and am committed, to OLE continuing to respond to what our community needs from us as their health care provider.”

Staff Writer Cheryl Sarfaty covers tourism, hospitality, health care and education. Reach her at cheryl.sarfaty@busjrnl.com or 707-521-4259.