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New El Rio Health Center opens in Tucson's 5th Ward

$17 million dollar project completed
Posted at 2:03 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:22:13-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new healthcare option will now make it easier for families to get the care they need in southern Arizona.
On Thursday, El Rio opened their Cherrybell Stavenue Health Center.

"It will increase my quality of life," said patient Jeffrey Trent on the new location.

For Trent, waiting in traffic and driving miles and miles to different doctors offices around the area wasn't the most productive way to spend a day. Now with the grand opening of the new health center, Trent and others can now enjoy a one stop shop for all their health needs.

"I'm able to get access to the care providers that I needed surprisingly quickly," Trent said. He adds, "The doctors I work with here are incredibly devoted."

With a mission to improve the community through affordable and accessible care, CEO of El Rio Nancy Johnson says the building will offer a warm environment to promote healthier lifestyles.

"Patients that come here can get medical care, dental care, behavioral health, psyciatry care," Johnson adds, "They can also get laboratory work done, radiology (ultrasound and mammography) and patients can even fill their prescriptions."

Already serving 1 in 10 Tucsonans Johnson hopes with the new 48,990 square foot facility the health center will be able to provide services to an additional 10-thousand people around the area.

The new facility will also offer same day care and expanded evening and Saturday hours.