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Health Center Celebrates A New Location
Housed for many years in an aging, relocatable building in the downtown area, Riverbank Community Health Center celebrated their move to a new location with an Aug. 18 open house and chamber mixer.

A division of Oak Valley Hospital District, the Center is now located in Suite 3 of the Riverbank Medical Professional Building at 2603 Patterson Road at Jackson Avenue east of Galaxy Theaters.

The modern building it now occupies is only a few years old located at the center of town, with plenty of private vehicle parking and easy access to a bus stop just across the street, hospital public relations representative Susan Mendieta noted.

Staffed with 15 to 18 employees including both medical and support personnel, the center is an integral part of the hospital district's facilities and offers health services for both adults and children, including examinations, tests, immunizations, treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, women's care and referral to medical specialists.

Walks in are accepted but appointments by telephone are preferred.

The Center first opened to the public on June 16 and now operates seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Physician assistant Ray Lopez, nurse practitioner Leslie Simon and nurse supervisor Rosa Cabral head up the medical personnel with a medical assistant for each provider. Support staff includes a receptionist, clerk and billing assistant.

While the square footage of the center is almost the same as in its former location, the facilities are much improved and more modern, offering a reception and records area, five patient examination rooms, a slightly larger room with more equipment for minor medical procedures, a small laboratory for running tests and storing medicines, an office for accounting and billing and even a break room for staff.

Mendieta noted that there are also touches calculated to calm and comfort a patient, like the spaciousness of the waiting area, pictures on the walls and pale blue wall paint in examination rooms.

Taking top billing over other medical services on the monument sign outside, Suite 3 is approached through a large, stone-flagged foyer embellished with green plants adjacent to parking at the rear of the building.

Oak Valley Hospital District also operates heath centers in Oakdale and Escalon.

The number of clients in Riverbank is climbing as the new location becomes known, said Cabral. It is now in the high twenties to low thirties on weekdays with more on Saturdays.

Mendieta commented on the trust and friendliness existing between the Center staff and their clients, who have known each other for many years in different small-town settings.

The former Center operated at Third and Stanislaus streets in the downtown on a corner lot owned by the City of Riverbank. With the approaching completion of the downtown redevelopment project, the city will require that area for public parking.