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Roseland children's clinic expands at permanent home

  • Medical assistant Elida Hurtado measures the head of two-month-old Jayden Gutierrez, held by his father Omar Gutierrez, during a physical at Roseland Pediatrics in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. ((BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat))

Dr. Meredith Kieschnick saw pretty much a blank canvas when she first entered the vacant 3,900-square-foot commercial space in a west Santa Rosa shopping center.

The children's clinic she had been running for years out of a mobile trailer at the Roseland Elementary School campus was bursting at the seams. It was designed to serve 700 children, but 2,000 youngsters a year were being treated there.

Inside the new space, which was little more than a concrete floor and white walls, Kieschnick began thinking where to put the exam rooms, bathrooms and reception area and how to get more light into the irregularly shaped space.

That vision recently became Roseland Pediatrics, the newest addition to the ever-expanding Santa Rosa Community Health Centers. Located next to the new Goodwill store on Stony Point and Sebastopol roads, the clinic is the result of efforts to greatly expand pediatric care for those in Santa Rosa and beyond who cannot afford it.

"This is my dream come true," said

Kieschnick, the clinic medical director and one of its pediatricians. "We'll take anyone and everyone who needs a medical home. . . . We're ready. Bring it on."

The old clinic had four exam rooms. The new one has 10, one of which is devoted to a new dental hygienist.

There's also a break room, a utility and supply room, a room for behavioral health clients, a sizeable waiting room and reception area, a conference/education room, a vaccine refrigeration unit and more.

The clinic now has a staff of three pediatricians, three medical assistants and one nurse, an insurance certified application assistant and office support staff. None of these things would have been possible at the school site, and

Kieschnick said she expects the clinic's client base to grow to 3,000 children.

On Tuesday, Angie Sims of Santa Rosa brought her five-day-old daughter, Brooklyn, into the clinic for her first post-delivery doctor's visit. Sims had been going to the old clinic for two years, since the birth of her son.

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