In the Media

Give Kids a Smile Day "Baby's First Teeth Cleaning"

February 2, 2017 – in Sonoma West Time & News by Aime Windsor

Amanda Gonzalez sat with her mother Mariana as Dr. Edward Chio, Dental Director at the Russian River Dental Clinic, prepared to brush Amanda's teeth on Friday, February 3rd during the annual coutrywide Give Kids a Smile Day.

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Repeal could cut off health coverage for 35k

January 14, 2017 – in Press Democrat by Guy Kovner

Alicia Tighe, pictured above at the Russian River Health Center with Cindy Lewis, MA, who still relies on Medi-Cal for the care she receives at the Russian River Health Center in Guerneville, said lawmakers preparing to repeal Obamacare should be prepared to replace it with something else.  "If they don't do that, there's going to be some serious backlash, because a lot of people are depending on it for their major health care," Tighe said.  "At the doctor's office I go to there's a lot of patients that go there, and it's great care.  It's quality care.  If we dont have (Obamacare), I know that other people wouldn't have access to that type of care.  Neither would I, for that matter."   

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River Health Center finds new site on Russian River

December 9, 2016 – in Sonoma West Times and News by Frank Robertson

When completed, the new clinic will provide about 10,000 square feet of space to house the WCHC Guerneville offices including medical, dental and administrative personnel now working in separate locations on Third Street. 

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West County Health Centers provides opportunity to serve community

December 8, 2016 – in Sonoma West Times and News by Amie Windsor

In an effort to better serve the community, West County Health Centers (WCHC) is expanding its volunteer program and seeks interested community members to help fulfill new roles. 

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Russian River Health Center Ribbon Cutting

October 26, 2016 – in Sonoma County Gazette by Vesta Copestakes

 West County Health Centers has re-opened the Russian River Health Center just 8 months after the fire that devastated our building on December 26, 2015. The large temporary modular medical building opened for service on September 6th 2016 at 16319 Third Street in Guerneville.

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Russian River Health Center Revived

October 12, 2016 – in Sonoma West Times & News by Frank Robertson

The staff cut the ribbon at Guerneville’s Russian River Health Center last week in a ceremony celebrating the new modular clinic opening where a fire destroyed the medical center last December.The new large modular medical building occupies 3300 square feet, including seven exam rooms, a group visit room and a lab.

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Guerneville Clinic Reopens

October 6, 2016 – in The Press Democrat by Mary Callahan

GUERNEVILLE- Providers and patients who endured 8 1/2 months of cramped, improvised facilities in the wake of a December arson fire that destroyed the Russian River Health Center are back at their old site in new digs serving the lower Russian River communities.

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River Health Center getting new facilities

June 23, 2016 – in Sonoma West Times & News by Frank Robertson

 “We are really excited that we have the buildings on site,” said West County Health Centers Executive Director Mary Szecsey. “We’re hoping we’re going to be open by the middle of July.”

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Demo crew removes River health center

April 20, 2016 – in Sonoma West Times and News by Frank Robertson

A demolition crew began taking down Guerneville's fire-damaged Russian River Health Center this week, leaving a conspicuously vacant space at the corner of Third and Church streets.
“It’s sad, but we’re excited. Progress is being made,” said West County Health Centers Executive Director Mary Szecsey, who looked on with about two dozen Health Center employees as the demolition proceeded.   
When demolition is complete a new modular office building will be moved on the site and serve as the Health Center's Guerneville clinic for the estimated two years it will take while plans and construction proceed for a permanent new Health Center facility.

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Fire-ravaged Russian River Health Center razed

April 18, 2016 – in Press Democrat by Mary Callahan

The charred remains of Guerneville’s Russian River Health Center came tumbling down Monday — the beginning of a new life for the medical facility and the 3,500 patients whom it serves.
Gutted by a suspected arson fire in December, the Third Street clinic was demolished to clear space for a temporary building that will serve as an interim clinic.

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