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 “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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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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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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Russian River Health Center patients continued to get medical care this week at the West County Health Center facilities in Sebastopol and in temporary facilities set up in Guerneville where a fire two weeks ago destroyed the town’s medical clinic. A shuttle van service is also up and rolling to provide patient transportation between Guerneville and Sebastopol.

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The Russian River Health Center Team will continue to provide care to patients at various locations in West County. Services are currently being provided at Gravenstein Health Center in Sebastopol and, on a more limited basis, at the St. Joseph Mobile Van stationed in Guerneville and the WCHC Dental Clinic in Guerneville. Access to patient medical records is available at all locations. The Gravenstein Community Health Center is located at 652 Petaluma Ave., Suite H, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

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With their 30-year-old community clinic destroyed by an arsonist, medical staff at the Russian River Health Center in Guerneville are scrambling to maintain services to the 3,500 patients who relied on the charred clinic.

Staff members have set up a mobile medical trailer across the street from the fire-gutted clinic to serve patients who cannot drive or find transportation to Sebastopol, where they have temporarily claimed space in two sister clinics.

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West County Health Centers is saddened to report that the fire completely destroyed the RRHC building. Russian River Health Center has been a vital source of medical care in our community for more than 40 years and we will rebuild as quickly as possible. We are confident that we will be able to continue to care for all of our  patients.  Information and Updates are posted regularly on the Health Centers website 

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Medical care for the West County Health Center’s Russian River patients will continue in Guerneville and Sebastopol this week despite the devastating Christmas blaze that badly damaged the Guerneville clinic’s medical offices.

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A string of fires in Guerneville has residents worried about a possible arsonist.

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