Thursday, September 23, 2021

Open Door Breaks Ground on New Arcata Health Center

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 12:27 PM

click to enlarge A second round of dirt shoveling at the groundbreaking event was done by Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer, Open Door Community Health Centers President Tory Starr, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Arcata Mayor Brett Watson, Arcata City Planner Joe Mateer,  Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson, former state Assembly and Senate member and former Arcata city council member and Third District Supervisor Wesley Chesbro and Arcata Community Development Director David Loya. - MARK LARSON
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  • A second round of dirt shoveling at the groundbreaking event was done by Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer, Open Door Community Health Centers President Tory Starr, Assemblymember Jim Wood, Arcata Mayor Brett Watson, Arcata City Planner Joe Mateer, Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson, former state Assembly and Senate member and former Arcata city council member and Third District Supervisor Wesley Chesbro and Arcata Community Development Director David Loya.

A host of local officials gathered in a dirt lot on Foster Avenue Tuesday afternoon to get their golden shovels dirty and celebrate the groundbreaking of the state-of-the-art Arcata Community Health Center, which is slated to open in 2023.

Once complete, the 33,000 square-foot facility will use a solar array — and an emergency backup generator — to power 35 exam rooms and a laboratory that will treat an estimated 40,000 patients per year — both adults and children — receiving primary care. The center will consolidate Open Door Community Health Centers’ two existing Arcata clinics — North Country Clinic and Humboldt Open Door Clinic — in a facility that meets “the same standards” as Open Door’s new health centers in Crescent City, Eureka and Fortuna.

click to enlarge An artist's rendering of what the Arcata Community Health Center will look like once complete. - SUBMITTED
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  • An artist's rendering of what the Arcata Community Health Center will look like once complete.


Tuesday's event was closed to the public due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, but featured speakers Third District county Supervisor Mike Wilson, North Coast Assemblymember Jim Wood, Open Door Board Chair Kathleen Moxon, Open Door President Tory Starr and Open Door VP of Operational Development Cheyenne Spetzler.

Construction is slated to begin on the facility next month.

click to enlarge Attendees gathered at the ground-breaking event on the future site of the Arcata Communiity Health Center. - MARK LARSON
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  • Attendees gathered at the ground-breaking event on the future site of the Arcata Communiity Health Center.
click to enlarge Tory Starr (left), president of the Open Door Community Health Centers, welcomed attendees to the ground-breaking event on the future site of the Arcata Community Health Center located between Foster and Sunset avenues. - MARK LARSON
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  • Tory Starr (left), president of the Open Door Community Health Centers, welcomed attendees to the ground-breaking event on the future site of the Arcata Community Health Center located between Foster and Sunset avenues.
click to enlarge Assemblymember Jim Wood spoke at the groundbreaking event and recalled his memories of Herrmann Spetzler, the late, long-time president of Open Door Community Health Centers, and his dreams of one day building a new Arcata Community Health Center building. - MARK LARSON
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  • Assemblymember Jim Wood spoke at the groundbreaking event and recalled his memories of Herrmann Spetzler, the late, long-time president of Open Door Community Health Centers, and his dreams of one day building a new Arcata Community Health Center building.
click to enlarge Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson congratulated Open Door Community Health Centers for its important role in providing health care for Humboldt County residents. - MARK LARSON
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  • Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson congratulated Open Door Community Health Centers for its important role in providing health care for Humboldt County residents.
click to enlarge Kathy Moxon (second from left), ODCHC Board president, introduced board members Felicia Oldfather, Neal Sanders, Alison Talbott, Jay Molofsky (hidden), Lindsay Righter, John Driscoll and Connie Stewart (not pictured Sydney Fisher Larson and Heather Snow). They were standing near architectural drawings of the Arcata Communiity Health Center located between Foster and Sunset avenues. - MARK LARSON
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  • Kathy Moxon (second from left), ODCHC Board president, introduced board members Felicia Oldfather, Neal Sanders, Alison Talbott, Jay Molofsky (hidden), Lindsay Righter, John Driscoll and Connie Stewart (not pictured Sydney Fisher Larson and Heather Snow). They were standing near architectural drawings of the Arcata Communiity Health Center located between Foster and Sunset avenues.
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