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October 25, 2021
Amidst Pandemic, Projects Support YVFWC’s Growing Robust Network of Care
Fort Collins, Colo. — The Neenan Company, a fully integrated design-build firm based in Colorado, and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) are celebrating the community health center’s three latest projects in the Pacific Northwest. The Neenan Company serves as the design-build partner for the three projects, supporting the community health center as it continues growing its robust network of care amidst the challenges of the pandemic.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest community health centers, delivering affordable, comprehensive primary care for underserved populations. With more than 60 service locations across Oregon and Washington, YVFWC provides medical, dental, behavioral health and social services to more than 171,000 people a year and seeks to continue building where there is need.
The Neenan Company recently completed the 39,000-square-foot Miramar Health Center in Kennewick, Wash. The community health center delivers greater access to care for the more than 36,000 low-income residents in the Tri-Cities area without a primary care provider. The Neenan Company broke ground on the project in December 2019 and celebrated the opening this past May. The clinic provides family medicine, family dentistry and pharmacy services, featuring 36 exam rooms, three procedure rooms, 10 dental operatories and space for group exams or consultations.
“Playing an integral role in expanding Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic’s capacity to enhance these communities speaks to the core of who we are and our work,” said Whitney Churchill, design manager for The Neenan Company. “Our collaborative and integrated approach is well suited to these projects and aligns with YVFWC’s focus on integrated service. These projects are prime examples of the opportunity we have to strengthen the pillars of community.”
The Neenan Company is currently underway with West Valley Family Health & OB/GYN, a 30,600-square-foot clinic in Yakima, Wash. Aligned with the national effort to improve the health outcomes of rural women and their babies, the community health center will deliver a ‘whole family’ approach to medicine for the Yakima community, specializing in OB/GYN care and also providing primary care, pharmacy and laboratory services. The clinic design focuses on features fostering a warm and inviting experience for women and mothers, including a new mother’s clinic, ultrasound suite, outdoor patio and indoor lounge for yoga and other patient programs, and a drive-up pharmacy. Sitting on a former orchard site, the clinic will also feature a healing garden for patients and staff to access tranquil outdoor space. Following COVID-19 protocols, the facility will have a back-door entrance for highly contagious patients and two negative-pressure exam rooms, to help prevent the spread of infectious disease. The clinic broke ground this summer and is planned for completion in fall 2022.
The Neenan Company recently broke ground on The Rosewood Clinic in Portland, Ore., which will replace the former Rosewood Family Health Center facility with a modern clinic three times larger to expand patient care. The 35,000-square-foot community health center will provide family medicine, dental and pharmacy services. The facility will also feature a demo kitchen to support the clinic’s WIC (women, infants, and children) health and nutrition program aimed at helping caregivers prepare healthy meals for families. The project will revitalize a derelict site and is designed to fit to the urban style and culture of the area while keeping security among rising urban concerns in mind. The clinic is planned to open at the end of 2022.
“There is a shortage of primary care services nationwide, and the pandemic has only heightened the great need we see for quality, accessible and affordable health care for all,” said Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares. “Despite the strain the pandemic has placed on the health care field over the past 18 months, we are proud our organization continues to amplify our impact. These projects are essential to our mission to build where there is a need by delivering modern clinics that enhance our model of care.”
With the three projects, The Neenan Company deepens its partnership with YVFWC, previously serving as the design-build partner for Lancaster Family Health Center in Salem, Ore. Completed in 2018, the adaptive reuse project converted a former big-box store into the community health center that now serves residents with a full spectrum of medical care and programs.
About The Neenan Company:
The Neenan Company strengthens and builds communities across the country with an integrated and entrepreneurial approach to design, construction, and development projects. The Colorado-based firm, founded in 1966, is a pioneer of the design-build model specializing in creating commercial, education, healthcare and government facilities that generate economic vitality and inspire people to be well, to learn and to lead. More information is available at www.neenan.com.
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