CALEXICO — Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District pulled out all the stops on its new facility in Calexico, with an eye to expanding its scope of services in four distinct areas — primary care, express care, pediatrics and women’s health, a Pioneers spokesman said.
“This expansion will allow us to expand those services … in addition to our existing nephrology, orthopedic and ophthalmology” services at its Pioneers Calexico Health Center at 450 E. Birch St., said district spokesman Frank Salazar on Feb. 18.
“What we did was a remodel and expansion of our clinic that was established by Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in 2004,” Salazar said. “Our townhall sessions in 2015 taught us there were a lot of disparities in Calexico because there was no hospital. In 2018 we broke ground on the new facility. We are now doing the ribbon cutting in 2020.”
The rural health clinic was established to address areas with significant healthcare provider/physician shortages, he stated.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center was to take place the morning of Feb. 19,which was passed this newspaper’s deadline.
Some $3 million was invested to develop the Pioneers Health Center in Calexico. Some 7,600 square feet of the clinic was renovated, and 1,600 additional square feet for a common lobby/entry were constructed during the project, Salazar stated in an emailed FAQ. Improvements were made in the parking lot with a local transit drop-off area.
“The construction project created jobs in the community that lasted over 500 days,” Salazar said.
The expansion gives the facility the ability to offer new and/or improved services in emerging areas like “express care,” he added.
“Express care is the new trend at hospitals. People do not want to deal with long waits in the lobby. We are bringing in more physicians and specialists to meet this need,” Salazar said.
The number of exams rooms in the facility increased from 14 to 30, which will allow for the accommodation of more physicians.
Salazar stressed that the quality of care is always a priority with the Pioneers district.
Staff at the new health center in Calexico will be experienced, Salazar explained
“The staff will be current staff from the Pioneers Health Center, and we are bringing in more physicians on board. The staff has patiently been waiting to get to work in Calexico,” he added.
The health center is in the former Calexico Hospital building, which is owned by Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District.
Salazar said the former hospital has been transformed from an outdated understaffed facility to a state-of-the-art medical establishment ready to serve its community.
Hours of operation at the Pioneers Health Center in Calexico are Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
This story is featured in the Feb 20, 2020 e-Edition.