Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS), a medical- and dental-care provider that operates seven clinics, says it will move two of its Spokane-area clinics before year-end. Also, it says it plans to open an urgent-care center in Spokane next year.
CHAS has leased a 12,600-square-foot, two-story building at 924 S. Pines and plans to move its Valley Clinic there On Nov. 1, says Paola Cherzad, spokeswoman for the nonprofit. CHAS also has leased a 6,700-square-foot building at 5921 N. Market and plans to move its Northeast Clinic there on Dec. 1 from the Northeast Community Center, at 4001 N. Cook, Cherzad says.
CHAS is remodeling both locations, she says. Kop Construction Co., of Spokane, is the contractor on both tenant-improvement projects, and NAC|Architecture, of Spokane, designed them. Cherzad says CHAS declines to disclose the project costs.
She says the Valley Clinic will have roughly the same amount of space at its new location on Pines Road as it has at its current location at 9227 E. Main, where it has been since 2000. The owner of that building, which the clinic leases entirely, has listed the building for sale, Cherzad says.
She says CHAS will locate its primary care and HIV clinic on the ground floor of the building on Pines, and its pharmacy and behavioral health services will be on the second floor.
The Valley Clinic will continue to operate with its current staff of 20 health-care providers and a support staff of 37 employees.
Jon Jeffreys, Jim Orcutt, and Jeff McGougan, all of Spokane-based NAI Black, handled the lease of the location on Pines.
The Market Street location will give the Northeast Clinic double the space it has at its current home, Cherzad says. That clinic has five health-care providers and a support staff of 14 employees, and Cherzad says CHAS is looking to add staff members at the new location.
"We're going to get bigger and expand services at the Northeast Clinic," she says, adding that the larger space will have room for CHAS to open a pharmacy.
CHAS provides low-cost medical and dental care regardless of patients' ability to pay. For those who are uninsured, the nonprofit's fees are based on household income and family size. In addition to the Northeast and Valley clinics, its clinics in the county are located at 1001 W. Second and 3919 N. Maple, in Spokane; and at 401 S. Main, in Deer Park. It also operates a dental clinic in Clarkston, Wash., and a medical clinic in Lewiston, Idaho.
Cherzad says CHAS hopes to open an urgent-care center in the Spokane area in early 2011, and the nonprofit is looking for a location for it. The center will be part of CHAS's mission to expand access to health and wellness services for its growing patient population, she says.
CHAS currently serves more than 30,000 patients each year in Spokane County and the Lewiston-Clarkson area and expects that number to double by 2015, its Web site says.
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