Health care — Construction on Virginia Garcia Clinic nearing completion

Moving past only minimal delays, the permanent Virginia Garcia health clinic space in Newberg is now open. Construction began on the clinic in February after receiving $750,000 in grant money from the federal government, funding 236 centers nationwide.

The temporary clinic, serving low-income patients, opened in March while the health center was being remodeled. Mike Westling, public relations and marketing officer for Virginia Garcia, said the space was completed May 19.

“(It was delayed by) just a couple of weeks,” Westling said. “It was just finalizing things, no major delays, just kind of typical with any construction project.”

The final phase is completing the dental facility, located where the temporary clinic was housed. That section is slated for a July completion.

“People have been coming in, taking advantage of services, so it was great to have the opportunity to get into the community right away,” he said. “That’s something that was a big priority for Virginia Garcia.”

The clinic, located at 2551 E. Hancock St., will serve about 2,400 patients a year.

All that remains to be finished at the dental clinic is moving in equipment and completing the interior walls.

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