Gustine’s Planning Commission Considers Use Permit for Community Medical Clinic | Community

The Gustine Planning Commission will consider granting a license at Wednesday night’s meeting to Community Health Centers of America to operate a primary and emergency care clinic in Gustine.

Community Health Centers of America has long planned to operate a stand-alone urgent care service in the former Horizons Unlimited Health Care at 554 Fifth St. The previously secured a $100,000 loan from the city as well as a $100,000 commitment from the nonprofit Legacy Health Endowment for the operation. The discovery of asbestos in the building and then the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the project off schedule, but work resumed.

CHCA has remodeled the building and has all Department of Health and Human Services approvals to operate a clinic. Under the current municipal code, a user license is required to operate a clinic, laboratory, or urgent care facility.

CHCA is looking to operate a primary care clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner, supervising physician and two support staff. CHCA has long-term plans to purchase additional property to expand the facility with laboratory, radiology, psychiatric and other specialty care needs. Any expansion would require an additional use permit from the City.

Clinic hours would be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It would be open to everyone, regardless of insurance.

CHCA wants to open the facility in Gustine because the town has been identified as needing local healthcare options since Horizons left.

Currently renovations are underway to cabinetry, flooring and lighting. CHCA hopes to open in late February.

The Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday virtually by following the link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/443172829 or by telephone by dialing (646) 749-3335, access code: 443- 172-829.