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Castro-Mission Health Center Capital Project

Castro-Mission Health Center Capital Project 2019-03-05T14:32:10+00:00
Castro-Mission Health Center capital project rendering 2019

Design rendering of Castro-Mission Health Center capital improvements

Community Meeting on March 13, 2019

Join the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) for a Community Meeting to learn about a renovation at Castro-Mission Health Center. City Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, representing District 8, and city leaders from the DPH and Public Works will be participating. 

6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, Eureka Valley Harvey Milk Public Library, 1 Jose Sarria Ct., SF 94114

Established in 1965, Castro-Mission Health Center, at 3850 17th St., is the first public health center in San Francisco. Formerly known as Health Center 1, today the clinic serves about 4,100 patients annually. More than 64% of patients have received care at Castro-Mission Health Center for more than 3 years.

Castro-Mission Health Center provides:

  • Regular check-ups
  • Women’s health services
  • Podiatry and pharmacist consultation
  • HIV medical and comprehensive support services
  • Specialty services for LGBTQ youth
  • Behavioral health (short-term counseling)
  • Access to resources for food/shelter/clothing/transportation
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Capital Improvement Project Overview

Castro-Mission Health Center will soon undergo an estimated $8 million capital improvement project, and temporary relocation during construction. In an 80 percent vote, San Francisco residents approved the improvements as part of the 2016 Public Health & Safety Bond.

The clinic upgrades include:

  • Seismically safer building in case of an earthquake
  • Moving the clinic to the 2nd floor to better utilize space
  • 12 new exam rooms
  • 4 new consultation rooms
  • Updated restrooms to improve accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Updated waiting rooms and patient registration area
  • Updated facilities for staff (lactation room, group room)

Project Timeline

The following are estimated dates for the project. All dates and details are subject to change.

Early 2019: Project designs expected to be complete

Summer 2019: Temporary clinic relocation when construction starts

Late 2019 – early 2020: Construction complete; the clinic returns to Castro-Mission Health Center

Patient Benefits

For the capital project, Castro-Mission Health Center’s primary care services will move to the 2nd floor to enable the clinic to better use the existing space. The 1st floor will offer specialty health services, like a podiatrist and pharmacist, in addition to administrative offices. This reconfiguration of space will allow us to better serve patients using the “Whole Patient” holistic approach to care. Other improvements will include:

  • Larger exam rooms for patients with families (110-120 square feet, compared to 70-110 square feet)
  • New group meeting room

Temporary Relocation Plan

During construction, the Castro-Mission Health Center will be temporarily relocated to the 1st floor in Building 80, 995 Potrero Ave., on the Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) hospital campus. All primary care services will be available at the temporary location. Visit zsfgcare.org for directions.

The clinic must relocate because of construction disturbances – like noise and space constraints. Loud noises from drilling and hammering would hinder the health care services provided for patients. Construction is expected to start in summer 2019 and be complete in late 2019.

I’m a neighbor. What can I expect during construction?

Construction is scheduled to be during normal daytime business hours. Neighbors will be notified if construction hours change during the project. There will be some street disruptions while excavating the building’s foundation. More information about noise, traffic and other construction impacts will be determined once a contractor has been selected for the project. If you have questions, please contact sfdphconstruction@sfdph.org.

Exterior Project Details

In addition to strengthening the infrastructure, new stucco will be added to the building’s concrete façade to update the appearance. Landscaping around the clinic will be renovated to make room for the new site plans, and to remove unhealthy and over-mature trees. Trees that are in good health will stay intact wherever possible.

Preliminary plans are to remove 5 eucalyptus trees and 1 palm tree. The project would add 2 windmill palms and 3 Mexican fan palms. Twelve trees will remain on the property, and 4 along 17th Street. New, attractive plants with low-water needs will be added to the clinic’s planters.

The upgrades will provide a renewed, attractive and low-maintenance landscape that will compliment the building upgrades and be sustainable after the project. The San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Board approved preliminary landscaping renovation plans in September 2018.

We want your feedback! Please complete this Community Survey: bit.ly/CMHCprojectsurvey

The Community Survey will help the Department of Public Health prepare for the Castro-Mission Health Center renovation and temporary relocation, expected to start in summer 2019. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Have a question, comment or idea about this project?

Please contact our San Francisco Department of Public Health Capital Project Team at sfdphconstruction@sfdph.org.