Local officials on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking for the three-story William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond, which is expected to be up and running in about 18 to 22 months.
Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the $23 million project by Berkeley-based LifeLong Medical Care, which is replacing about 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot healthcare center.
LifeLong aims to use the new facility to consolidate and expand the care it currently provides from three smaller Richmond sites. The provider also operates a healthcare facility in San Pablo, and recently opened one in Pinole.
The William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way will offer urgent care for everyone, family medicine, dental care, adult medicine and mental health care, LifeLong Medical Care CEO Marty Lynch said.
In the works, says Lynch, is a primary care teaching program for physicians to be trained in a community health center setting.
“We’re building in space to allow that to happen,” he said.
Although construction might be a pain, Lynch said the “beautiful building” will serve to benefit the community.
The health care center will be named after Dr. William Jenkins, one of the area’s the first black pediatricians who was famous for providing care to the underserved community members.
The center is needed, according to local officials, following a reduction in healthcare options in the city, including the closure of Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.
The Berkeley-based LifeLong Medical Care operates 17 health centers in the Bay Area and has been in operation for more than 40 years. It has operated a pediatric clinic at 150 Harbour Way since 2014.