The Community Health Centers (CHC) of the Central Coast opened its newly renovated clinic space on Tamson Drive on Monday. The new clinic space at 2900 square feet is significantly larger than the previous clinic location on Main Street. Of the many new improvement made possible by the expansion is that the clinic now has doubled the number of examination rooms to six.
The CHC also has augmented its dedicated staff to include a new health center manager Ruchi Shukla and has added a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Eddie Marsical to its medical staff. The clinic also brought in a new chiropractor Dr. Gary Spunt. Dr. Spunt is available to see patients at the clinic on Thursdays.
According to Associate Director of Nursing Corrinne Ratcliffe, the former health center manager, “The staff are thrilled with the new facility, and we feel patients deserve this.” Corrinne spoke about plans to increase medical services available at the new clinic, including hiring a phlebotomist to do blood draws. If the plans proceed, between what is now available for lab work at the medical building at 2150 Main Street, this could bring the total number of days for local residents to have lab work done to four, up from the current two days a week.
In addition to Nurse Practitioner (NP) Cesilia Lomeli, a full-time medical provider at the clinic, Dr. Benjamin Cooke, an internal medical specialist, has been meeting with patients two days a month. The clinic provides additional resources through the Behavioral Health Department, with LCSW Minh Riley available for appointments on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ms. Riley is currently doing virtual meetings only with clients.
The new clinic is located at 1276 Tamson Drive (Building J of Cambria Village Square) with plenty of parking available. The hours of service remain the same, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments for health care at the clinic can be made by phone through the central CHC office (805-927-5292).