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Construction starts on Winters Healthcare’s $9M facility

Construction starts on Winters Healthcare’s $9M facility


Dreary weather didn’t stop over 60 people from showing up to the groundbreaking ceremony for Winters Healthcare’s new facility.

What is now an empty dirt lot nestled between a Dollar General and Yolo Federal Credit Union at 172 E. Grant Ave., will be transformed by the end of 2019 into a 15,900-square-foot complex that offers medical and dental services.

The organization, which has been around for 18 years, has been named a top quality provider in Yolo County for the the last two years by the Primary Care Provider Quality Improvement Program.

Winters Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry moved to the town in 1954 and remembers when there were just two doctors, one of whom was her next-door neighbor. She gave a short speech during the groundbreaking — which was held in a tent on-site to shield guests from the drizzle — about how far Winters has come:

“Our community is growing and we need this. We need this for our friends, our families, our farmworkers and everyone who passes through here and may need to use our facilities,” she said.

Other attendees included Mayor Bill Biasi, City Manager John W. Donlevy and representatives from the offices of Congressman John Garamendi, California Senator Bill Dodd and Yolo Supervisor Don Saylor as well as healthcare staff.

When it was Biasi’s turn to take the microphone, he referred to the facility as an “answer to our dreams.”

“With our growing city, we’re going to need the larger facility that they’re building here,” he said. “They’ve been doing a good job at their offices downtown, but I know they need more space and this is going to solve that need.”

Winters Healthcare Executive Director Christopher Kelsch said the idea for one big space in a central location has been in talks since 2013, but didn’t gain traction until 2015 or 2016. Current offices will be consolidated in the new building and close once it opens next year.

he facility’s estimated cost is $9 million, mostly funded by a $7 million USDA loan, Kelsch said.

Accompanying senior living apartments and a senior center are planned for the same block.

These are just a few of many projects helping to build the small town of Winters.

A boutique hotel and Fairfield Inn are in the works and a PG&E Gas Operations Technical Center, Yolo Federal Credit Union and the town’s first Starbucks have opened in recent years.

Donlevy praised everyone who has had a part in bringing the medical center to life:

“There’s a certain renaissance that’s going on that takes in the charm of our past and combines it with a vision towards the future to make things happen and this facility is absolutely that,” he said. “It takes things a little bit longer in a community like ours, but there’s a certain level of excellence that we have in Winters.”

As guests were leaving the ceremony, trucks full of construction workers were driving onto the property to start building.

Construction starts on Winters Healthcare’s $9M facility2018-11-30T02:49:34+00:00

Winters Healthcare Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner

Winters Healthcare welcomes new Nurse Practitioner

Winters Healthcare proudly welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner Margolo Parson to its medical team.  Margolo completed her Bachelors’ degrees in International Relations and Spanish at UC Davis.  She went on to earn her Masters in Science and Nursing at UC San Francisco and completed her education by spending a year abroad in Spain studying.  She is married and has two children.

Margolo has a passion for cooking and gardening and enjoys spending time outdoors, preferring the desert to the mountains.  She also enjoys learning and sharing her knowledge about nutrition.  A knowledge that served her well as a practitioner in a weight loss center and other community medical organizations for 15 years.

She was quickly drawn to the community of Winters after her first visit.  “Everyone has been so nice!  I feel like it is such a cute, close knit and friendly community.  Winters is so diverse.  It feels very unified and meshed and I love that there is such a large Spanish speaking population.”  She is also excited to be a part of the Winters Healthcare team.  “I find the emphasis on team work and holistic approach to healthcare in this organization truly unique.  We are working with patients on their health journey and not just telling them what to do.  I look forward to immersing myself in the team approach to patient care”.

“Margolo joining our team has been a great addition to our medical team and has given us the opportunity to expand our evening hours an additional evening a week.  Starting June 4th, we will open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings” says Stacey McCall, Director of Operations.                                                   

Hours of Operation:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  8:00 am-9:00 pm and Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 5:00pm

Winters Healthcare is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing compassionate care as partners with their community to improve lives and inspire health.

Winters Healthcare Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner2020-05-04T21:08:08+00:00

Winters Healthcare Earns Top Spot

Winters Healthcare Earns Top Spot in Yolo County Second Year in a Row

Winters Healthcare was recognized for outstanding performance in the 2016-2017 Primary Care Provider Quality Improvement Program (PCP QIP), announced by Partnership Healthplan of California on Dec. 1.

The PCP QIP is designed to offer resources and incentives to primary care providers to make significant improvements in key areas of patient care, access, and experience. Winters Healthcare was distinguished as the top performer in Yolo county, as well as in the top 3% of all PCP QIP participants.

“We are proud to offer such high-quality care to our community,” said Winters Healthcare Executive Director Chris Kelsch. “We are continuously asking how we can improve what we do, re-evaluating what it means to truly provide exceptional care for each individual who walks through our doors.”

The PCP QIP includes participants from 14 counties, with more than 220 healthcare providers. 15 clinics were recognized with a performance of 90% or better, including Winters Healthcare, who finished with 95%. This is the second year in a row that Winters Healthcare has been recognized as the top performer in Yolo County as well as a top 10 performer over all.

About Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC)

Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) is a nonprofit, community-based, public health care organization that contracts with the State to administer Medi-Cal benefits through local care providers to ensure access to comprehensive cost-effective health care. PHC provides quality health care to over 565,000 people in 14 Northern California counties.

About Winters Healthcare Foundation (WHF)

Winters Healthcare (WHF) is a nonprofit community health center in Winters, CA that offers health care, dentistry and integrated behavioral health services to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.  WHF began as a nonprofit in 2000 and became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2005.  Winters Healthcare serves more than 2,700 individuals.  WHF’s mission is to provide compassionate care, as partners with our community, to improve lives and inspire health.

Winters Healthcare Earns Top Spot2018-02-21T18:12:46+00:00