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In response to an increase in patient demand in the community it serves, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VMHC) in Oregon is embarking on a $25.4 million purchase, renovation, and expansion project to more than double the size of their previously leased facility. Capital Fund is proud to support this project with an $8 million New Markets Tax Credits allocation. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is contributing a $1 million grant as well as a $2.1 million earmark, and the health center is contributing its own cash investment. 

The project will expand the existing clinic from 8,786 sq. ft. to 22,733 sq. ft. and reconfigure the existing space to better serve patients and staff. Notably, an elevator will be added, making the second floor accessible to all. The new facility will continue to house primary care services, dental, mental health, medication-assisted substance abuse treatment services, and a pharmacy. The project will enable the health center to serve 25% more patients, increase visits by 22%, and hire 18% more permanent staff to serve a larger patient base. 

There is an impressive sustainability aspect to the project which will help meet VGMHC’s Path to Net Zero energy-efficient design and performance targets, established by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO). The health center worked with ETO, architects, engineers, and eco-construction professionals to develop plans to support energy efficiency goals set for the facility. VGMHC is also determining the feasibility of pursuing the Architecture 2030 Challenge that requires an 80% reduction in energy consumption. One of the eco-friendly aspects of the project is the addition of solar panels on the roof which will generate 89,000 kWh and substantially offset electricity usage for the entire building. 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center was founded in the mid-1970’s in a three-car garage after the health center’s namesake, a six-year old daughter of farmworkers, died from what should have been a treatable infection. Today, the health center provides services to over 43,000 patients per year in Washington and Yamhill counties at five primary care clinics and pharmacies, six dental clinics, a Women’s Clinic, and five school-based clinics. VGMHC also provides outreach to schools, community health fairs, and to migrant and seasonal farmworkers at local camps and commercial nurseries through their mobile clinic. The health center provides high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities that they serve. 

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