The Petaluma Health Center will hold a grand opening community celebration for its new health care facility from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at 1179 N. McDowell Blvd.
Activities will include relay races, hula-hoop, kinesthetic stations and workshops for kids. In addition, there will be free blood pressure and glucose testing for attendees, along with food and entertainment.
The new 53,000-square-foot center expands the center's primary care, mental health, dental care and chronic disease management services to Sonoma County residents.
Petaluma Health Center's new digs
The Petaluma Health Center opened the doors at its new, expanded location at 1179 North McDowell Boulevard on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
You can see in her face how nurse practitioner Jessica Moore feels about the new building. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
The clinic on North McDowell Boulevard underwent major reconstruction over the past year, transforming it from an office building to a state-of-the art medical facility, complete with an expanded dental clinic and a new "healthy living" area. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Wednesday was a "soft opening" for the new site. A public grand opening celebration with food, music and children's activities is scheduled for Aug. 12. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
The main lobby at the new Petaluma Health Center is bright and colorful. When all phases of renovation are complete, the 53,000-square-foot center will have exam rooms and staff to serve as a medical home for 35,000 southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County residents, many of whom have low and moderate incomes. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
The non-profit center aims to serve everyone in the community, regardless of their economic status, said Holly Butler, director of community relations. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
This is one of the new waiting rooms. The center will grow into a space four times larger than its former facility on Southpoint Boulevard and serve about 25 percent more patients. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Medical assistant Heidi Gorzo, left, and Luz Estrada are enjoying the extra elbow room. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
The new site will have 44 medical exam rooms, nine dental exam rooms and a medical and support staff of about 150 people. That's an increase of 13 medical rooms, six dental suites and 35 employees. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Skylights sprinkled throughout the building, such as this one here in one of the administration offices, give a light and airy feel to the interior. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Patient Jane Jackson, left, chats with family medical physician Dr. Maria Ochoa. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Family practitioner Lisa Pearson is happy to be in the new facility. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
This is one of the utility rooms at the new Petaluma Health Center. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
The Petaluma Health Center's hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Julia Rapkin, left, and Kelly Berry provide IT support. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Phlebotomist Cortnii Abedipe, left, checks Larry and Molly Drew into the lab. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Patient coordinator Tricia Moniz manning the front desk. Terry Hankins/Petaluma Argus-Co
Dr. Fasih Hameed looks over 3-week-old Malik Straiten during a checkup at the new Petaluma Health Center on North McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Beth Schlanker/The Press Democr
The center's new "Center for Healthy Living" includes a demonstration kitchen, and active movement programs for kids and adults.
For more information, contact Holly Butler at 559-7697 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.