Siskiyou Community Health Center Receives $3,483,500 Grant to Expand Cave Junction Facility

May 8, 2012

Cave Junction, OR – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $3,483,500 in competitive federal grants to Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC) to expand the Cave Junction medical clinic. The project will serve the approximately 20,000 residents of the Illinois Valley where geographic isolation, poverty, and lack of health care professionals are the most significant barriers to health care access.

Expansion of the Cave Junction medical facility will allow for the hiring of 26.5 Full Time Equivalent employees. Chief Executive Officer for SCHC, Kurt Higuera states “We have provided health care and social services to the Illinois Valley since the early 70’s. This opportunity will assist in the expansion and addition of essential services as well as provide jobs.”

The expansion will add 10,000 sq. ft. to the existing 10,500 sq. ft. facility. Medical providers will be able to see 3,600 additional medical patients each year at full capacity. The number of medical exam rooms will increase from 13 to 25, reducing the waiting time between making an appointment and seeing a provider. The increased access to care will reduce visits to the emergency room and will provide Illinois Valley residents with an alternative to traveling to Grants Pass for medical care.

A new, full-service dental facility with seven operatories will accommodate 2,500 patients each year. Patients who now use the mobile dental unit will no longer have to travel to Grants Pass for more complex restorative and surgical treatments. Illinois Valley residents will have increased access to local dentistry services..

SCHC will also be adding a pharmacy that will provide discounted prescriptions to low-income patients. They will offer a $4 formulary that will benefit the SCHC patients.

The new Outreach facility will have a kitchen that will provide education in nutrition and healthy cooking. The living area in this home-like building will serve as a classroom where parents can learn about childhood development and positive parenting skills. There will be both an indoor and a fenced outdoor play area. Being on the health care campus will encourage proper pre-natal care and immunizations for pregnant women and children. The larger area will allow for an increase in families expected to enroll in the Project Baby Check program.

SCHC will also be able to expand space for behavioral health services, adding two full-time mental health professionals to the Cave Junction facility. Currently, only one provider treats adults two days per month. Additionally, the new providers will help close the gap for insufficient child and adolescent services.