SEBMF Antioch Care Center Expanding Thanks to Philanthropic Support

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

Patients will soon have more medical staff close to home.

In 2015 Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) served 33,000 patients who call east Contra Costa County home. In 2016 that number grew by 10 percent and this year it is on track to grow by another 10 percent. Accommodating such growth is at the heart of a $6.5 million dollar gift awarded to SEBMF by the generous donors to Better Health East Bay – a Sutter Health philanthropic foundation supporting Sutter’s East Bay network of doctors and hospitals.

“As the communities of Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg grow so too does their need for outpatient physician services” said Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay. “Patients here have struggled to get access to timely and appropriate primary and specialty care – and they shouldn’t have to.”

Current Capacity

Today two medical buildings serve east Contra Costa County – one in Antioch and one in Brentwood. Together they house 26 SEBMF physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In addition to offering scheduled primary and specialty appointments, the Antioch care center, which joined SEBMF in 2010, also offers urgent care.

“Even with our current facilities operating with full staff it’s not uncommon for primary care and urgent care to overlap; sharing exam rooms and providers” said Dr. Lou Wu, SEBMF Medical Director. “Physicians are doubled up in offices, and some specialty care appointments are sent to Brentwood because Antioch can’t accommodate them all.”

Future Additional Floors

The current Antioch Care Center is located at 4053 Lone Tree Way. Construction of the additional rooms and offices will not interfere with current clinical care on other floors, and is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2018.

The gift from Better Health East Bay will fund an extensive renovation and expansion of the Antioch care center, creating 30 additional exam rooms, and offices for five new primary care physicians and seven specialists.

“This generous donation will allow SEBMF to provide the highest levels of care through multidisciplinary group practice” said Dr. Wu. “Our goal is to reduce overall costs without compromising quality of care. By improving patient access with this additional space, we reduce the unnecessary care that commonly takes place in the emergency room.”

The expansion will add 11,627 square feet of clinic space within the current building, located at 4053 Lone Tree Way, by renovating existing unused floors. Construction of the additional rooms and offices will not interfere with current clinical care on other floors, and is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2018. Until then east Contra Costa County’s more than half a million residents will continue to have access to SEBMF physicians through the Antioch and Brentwood care centers, an affiliated network of independent physician offices, and Sutter Delta Medical Center.

Stay posted for construction updates and to welcome the new physicians in 2018!

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