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People's Community Clinic Announces Ambitious Expansion

New facility will double patient capacity; funded by St. David's Foundation's largest grant ever

December 9, 2014

People's Community ClinicAUSTIN — To address the needs of a rapidly growing population, People’s Community Clinic (PCC) announced today that it is expanding and will relocate to a new headquarters clinic facility in northeast Austin, thanks to a $10 million grant from St. David’s Foundation. A building previously acquired will be completely refurbished into clinic and office space for the 44-year-old organization that provides healthcare services for low income Austinites.

The new headquarters clinic, located at 1101 Camino La Costa, will enable PCC to double its patient capacity, providing approximately 10,000 more underserved and uninsured Central Texans with access to medical care. As a part of the expansion, PCC also plans to double its staff by adding approximately 125 new employees in the next few years. The new 54,000-square-foot clinic will include special features such as a teaching kitchen and classrooms for PCC providers and health educators to help patients improve their own health. Renovation will begin this month and the clinic plans to start seeing patients in the new building by late 2015.

After purchasing the facility, PCC announced a capital campaign this year to raise contributions to convert the former office building into a new headquarters clinic. The existing 17,000-square-foot PCC location at 2909 N. Interstate 35 will be repurposed as a specialty clinic for use by the nonprofit, for prenatal and women’s health services, upon completion of the new facility.

The announcement was made this morning at a ceremony that took place on the site of the new headquarters facility with attendance by key leadership of both organizations.

“People’s Community Clinic is greatly appreciative of St. David’s Foundation’s historic gift and the ongoing support that we receive from the Foundation,” said Regina Rogoff, CEO of People’s Community Clinic. “We are confident that their investment in our expansion will significantly improve the health and well-being of thousands of Central Texans.”

St. David’s Foundation has been a long-time funder of PCC, making the Foundation’s very first grant to PCC in 1996.

“St. David’s Foundation has proudly collaborated with People’s Community Clinic for more than 17 years because of People’s important work to provide quality healthcare for so many low income Austinites,” said Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation. “This grant of $10 million brings the total invested by the Foundation in People’s to $43 million. With this latest grant, the largest single grant in St. David’s Foundation history, we demonstrate our belief in the future of People’s and the importance to our community of the good work that People’s is doing.”

Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteer doctors and nurses, PCC is one of the oldest continually running independent clinics for primary care in America.

About People’s Community Clinic:
People’s Community Clinic is among the nation’s oldest independent clinics offering comprehensive health and wellness care to uninsured and underinsured individuals. Its mission is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by delivering high quality, affordable health care with respect and dignity.

About St. David’s Foundation:
St. David’s Foundation believes good health returns great benefits to the community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 60 nonprofit partners. In 2014, the Foundation is investing $50 million to connect thousands of low-income people to a full range of health services. Foundation signature programs include the largest scholarship program in Texas for aspiring health professionals, and the largest mobile dental program in the country. Other focus areas include safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health initiatives, and support for healthy living initiatives. www.stdavidsfoundation.org.

Media materials (including renderings, b-roll, sound bites and a video news report) are available for download here: https://app.box.com/s/pgxprholtz0do1pr1eoy

Media Contacts:
Joy Authur, People’s Community Clinic, joya@austinpcc.org, 512.684.1722
Ryan Orendorf, Hahn Public Communications, rorendorf@hahnpublic.com, 512.944.9184

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in 1970 by volunteers, PCC is among the oldest independent clinics in the country.
  • Today’s grant of $10 million is the largest single grant made by St. David’s Foundation.
  • The first grant made by St. David’s Foundation in 1996 was to PCC.
  • Grants from St. David’s Foundation to PCC total $43 million.
  • Today’s grant will allow PCC to double its patient capacity as well as double its staff.
  • PCC’s current facility on I-35 is 17,000 square feet. The new facility will be approximately 54,000 square feet.

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