There is nothing else like it in the state — a new community clinic offering comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services that is fully equipped to serve people with developmental disabilities.
The newest addition to Santa Rosa Community Health’s array of health center facilities, the Dutton Campus at 1300 N. Dutton Ave., opened this week.
But unlike SRCH’s other clinics, the $11.5 million Dutton Campus received $4 million in state funding to care for residents displaced next year by the closing of Sonoma Developmental Center.
The new clinic’s medical director for developmentally disabled patients is Dr. Anne French, a family doctor who was a physician at SDC for many years. The entire staff at the new clinic was given training on how to care for people with developmental disabilities, said Dr. Carla Longchamp, the medical director of the Dutton campus.
Like SRCH’s other clinics, the new campus is designated as a federally qualified health center, a classification that allows it to get an enhanced reimbursement from Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program. As such, the clinic is required to serve anyone who walks through its doors.
Longchamp pointed out that medical services for patients with disabilities will not be separated or isolated from those without.
“They come in through the front door and they can be seen in any one of the exam rooms,” said Longchamp.
The launch of the new clinic comes at a crucial time for SRCH, which lost its flagship medical facility, Vista Family Health on Round Barn Circle, during last year’s firestorm.
Located just north of Fountain Grove Parkway, the exterior of the building remained standing but the clinic’s interior was destroyed by smoke and water.
The loss of Vista cost 56 exam rooms — half the medical exam space at SRCH. SRCH has a roster of 50,000 patients and logs about 200,000 patients a year at its nine medical sites.
After the fire, SRCH expanded services at its other campuses and also turned to mobile clinics and temporary clinics in converted shipping containers to meet the demand.
Longchamp and Dutton Campus site director Sara Brewer said those steps allowed SRCH to meet 90 percent of the patient demand immediately after the fire. The new campus will relieve much of the pressure placed on the other facilities, they said.
The new clinic has 24 exam rooms, eight dental operation rooms, six behavioral health rooms, a testing laboratory and pharmacy. The facility also has a specialized area with four exam rooms for alternative and complimentary medicine. These treatments include acupuncture, naturopathy, chiropractic care and osteopathy.
Aside from the new Dutton campus, SRCH also plans to soon open another 20 exam rooms at a medical complex that currently houses Sutter Health-affiliated physicians. That complex, at 3883 Airway Drive, was also damaged by the Tubbs fire, but has undergone significant post-fire reconstruction.
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