Supervisors Fast-Track Expansion of Health Clinic in Oasis
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today granted fast-track status to expedite the expansion of a health clinic serving low-income, uninsured migrant workers and families in the agricultural communities of Oasis and Thermal.
“The eastern Coachella Valley is among the most impoverished and medically underserved populations in the state,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Fast-tracking the expansion of this clinic will facilitate greater access to health services in this remote community.”
“We are grateful for Supervisor Benoit’s support for our efforts to expand the capabilities of our Centro Medico, Oasis clinic facility,” said Peggy Smith, chief financial officer of the Borrego Community Health Foundation. “The proposed project will create new jobs and increase access to important medical service.”
The Borrego Community Health Foundation operates 10 clinics, two mobile dental clinics, a mobile medical clinic and two migrant health clinics on school grounds. Located on the 5-acre site of the former Oasis Elementary School at 88-775 Avenue 76, Ste. 1, Centro Medico Oasis clinic provides comprehensive primary healthcare services on weekdays, weekends and holidays.
The Borrego Community Health Foundation proposes to provide four additional exam rooms, which would include installation of digital X-ray equipment that can transmit to the radiologist for immediate reading when necessary.
U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that approximately 28 percent of the local population lives below the federal poverty level and 62 percent live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Since 1995, numerous businesses have used Riverside County’s “fast track” permitting process to significantly expedite the process of receiving plan approval and construction permits without shortcutting or circumventing environmental laws and regulations.