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May 30, 2023

Nonprofit health providers celebrate 100th day in new facilities

Santa Cruz Community Health (SCCH) and Dientes Community Dental recently celebrated their 100th day of care at their new facilities on Capitola Road. 

This duo joined forces to provide a comprehensive range of health services to low-income patients on a new 3.7-acre health and housing campus in Live Oak. The first phase of the project, which includes an 11-chair dental clinic and a 20,000-square-foot primary care health center, opened early December and provides a wide range of services to patients in need. 

Dientes and SCCH have so far served 6,000 patients through 14,000 medical, behavioral health, and dental visits. Dientes’ new 11-chair dental clinic will allow it to serve up to 6,000 additional low-income patients annually. Meanwhile, SCCH’s 20,000-square-foot primary care health center is offering a broad set of services provided by 100 staff members, including family practice, pediatrics, integrated behavioral health, acupuncture, chiropractic and more.

“Our clinic brings us one step closer to addressing the great need for high-quality, affordable dental care for our community,” Dientes CEO Laura Marcus said. “We are grateful for all those who generously gave so that we can celebrate these first 100 days and look forward to caring for our patients for years to come.” 

Leslie Conner, CEO of Santa Cruz Community Health, added, “This state-of-the-art campus is opening opportunities for so many. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the positive impact we’re having and look forward to providing top-notch care and services for many years to come.”

Dientes and SCCH raised a combined $18 million to build the health centers. It features a family-friendly public plaza, a native garden and art walk, and 57 affordable housing units scheduled for completion later this year.

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