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Groundbreaking celebrates upcoming health clinic

Originally posted December 3, 2018

Construction got underway Friday on a new, comprehensive health clinic in east Tulsa funded by nearly $10 million in voter-approved Vision Tulsa funds with a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, November 30.

Community Health Connection, a federally qualified health center, is scheduled to open its Eastside Clinic on the campus of Union Public Schools’ Ellen Ochoa Elementary in late 2019 or early 2020.

Community Health Connection CEO Jim McCarthy said getting the clinic from a concept in summer 2015 to the reality of Friday afternoon’s groundbreaking ceremony was no easy task, but it will be worth it to thousands of patients and the larger community.

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler and Tulsa City Councilor Connie Dodson also made remarks. See Tulsa World story. Fourth grader Citlaly Rodriguez Villavicencio was a special speaker as well.

Union Superintendent Kirt Hartzler said the occasion being marked on Friday afternoon was a dream come true for the community and Union’s Board of Education.

“The success of all of us is incumbent upon the success of others,“ Hartzler said. “We look forward to this clinic transforming the lives and the landscape of this community in more ways than we can imagine.”

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Located on the campus of Ellen Ochoa Elementary, this new clinic – funded by the Vision Tulsa campaign – will provide much-needed medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services to the Northeast Oklahoma community.

Community Health Connection’s new clinic in east Tulsa – scheduled to open in fall 2019 – will offer expanded services in order to meet the growing demand for health care in the area. With the creation of a new elementary school, Union Public Schools saw an opportunity to improve services to students and the local community by including a health clinic on the school grounds of Ellen Ochoa Elementary. In April 2016, voters overwhelmingly approved the passage of the Vision Tulsa package, which included $9.975 million toward the funding of CHC’s new Eastside Clinic.

Community Health Connection is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) committed to meeting the lifelong healthcare needs of the northeast Oklahoma community. CHC provides the highest quality, affordable and accessible primary healthcare services in a culturally respectful and compassionate manner. CHC offers a broad array of services, including dental, prenatal/post-partum, pediatrics, family medicine, integrated behavioral healthcare and discounted prescriptions to our patients. Private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare are accepted. CHC also serves individuals who are uninsured or under-insured by offering a sliding fee scale to those who meet certain requirements.