People's Community Clinic to open headquarters in Northeast Austin

St. David's Foundation is providing People's Community Clinic with a $10 million grant to build its new headquarters in Northeast Austin at 1101 Camino La Costa, People's Community Clinic announced Dec. 9.

PCC is expected to open the 54,000-square-foot facility by November 2015 and will have the capacity to provide health care to more than 10,000 additional patients than it currently serves, said PCC CEO Regina Rogoff. PCC serves underserved and uninsured patients in Central Texas.

"Virtually 50 percent of our patients live within two miles of this location, so we are already part of this community," she said. "This facility will allow us to become even more important to our community and more effective in improving the health of [the] patients served here."

Rogoff said construction is expected to begin in December. To help decide the location for the facility, PCC hired Health care planning and consulting firm Capital Link. The firm's health care needs analysis revealed that ZIP code 78752, where the headquarters will be built, and surrounding ZIP codes, have the most unmet health care needs in the Austin community, Rogoff said.

The Camino La Costa facility will include adult, pediatric and behavioral health services, as well as a large kitchen for cooking classes on healthy eating, said Mary McDowell, chief operating officer at PCC. Classrooms for health education will also be included.

In the future, PCC plans to collaborate with Capital Metro, McDowell said, to discuss patients' access to the clinic. At least two bus routes currently stop in front of the facility, said Joy Author, PCC director of development.

PCC has an existing 17,000 square-foot clinic at 2909 N. I-35, which will be repurposed as a specialty clinic for prenatal and women's health services, upon completion of the new headquarters.

PCC was the first recipient of a St. David's Foundation grant in 1996. The $10 million grant is the largest St. David's Foundation has ever given, said St. David's Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell.


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