Central Coast Inc. Community Health Centers opened their new state-of-the-art clinic Friday at 490 Bell St., Suite 103, Los Alamos with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The clinic in the new Los Alamos Mercantile building provides a permanent location for Los Alamos residents to receive health and dental services from the CHC, which for years provided primary care from a mobile clinic at the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club .
“Community Health Centers Los Alamos is the continuation of a dream, over 40 years in the making – namely, to provide state-of-the-art health care to many local residents who otherwise would not have a medical home,” said Ronald E. Castle, general manager of Community Health Centers.
Castle said the Los Alamos clinic would not have been possible without the support of the Health Resources & Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Direct Relief and the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation.
Central Coast Community Health Centers began with seven employees and a part-time volunteer physician in Nipomo in 1978. By early 2022, the company had 31 state-licensed clinics in San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo counties. north of Santa Barbara.
CHC’s patient population includes low-income and uninsured community members, with an emphasis on caring for the homeless, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, and residents of social housing.