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Breaking new ground for health

Samuel Dixon Family Health Center now under construction

Posted: February 11, 2009 10:58 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Clinic construction has begun at 23772 Newhall Avenue, the future home of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.’s Newhall Health Center location, according to a recent center news release.

"We are extremely eager to get the construction at the site completed and to begin to offer comprehensive services at the new Newhall location," said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.

"This is a huge step forward, and it will allow us to provide even more needed services, such as dental care and mental health services, to our patients.

"The Newhall Health Center will truly offer comprehensive, integrated health care aimed at the priority needs of our patients,” she added.        

Samuel Dixon Family Health was established in 1980 and named after long-time Val Verde resident and minister, the late Reverend Samuel Dixon.

A not-for-profit community health center, the mission of the health center is to enhance wellness by providing quality primary health care services and health education to unserved and underserved residents, with a special emphasis on serving the uninsured, according to the press release.

The new health center will include five exam rooms including two larger rooms, for treatment such as prenatal care, two dental operatories  and an office for counseling sessions.

All services will continue to be available on a sliding fee schedule, the press release said.

Currently, the Newhall Health Center occupies a space at Newhall Elementary School.

For years, the center’s board wanted to expand the capacity to provide a greater scope of services to even more residents of the Santa Clarita Valley, specifically in the Newhall area.

In 2009, the board’s dream is becoming a reality.

"With the new Newhall Health Center, SDFHC’s dream will be realized," said Board President Ed Bolden.

"We will be able to expand our services to residents who truly have nowhere else to turn to for health care.

This expansion will make our organization even more viable in the future.”

Val Verde Health Center’s phone number is (661) 257-4008, Canyon Country Health Center’s phone number is (661) 424-1220 and the Newhall Health Center’s number is (661) 291-1777.

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