HANFORD – Family HealthCare Network held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for its new community health center in downtown Hanford.

Kerry Hydash, president and CEO for Family HealthCare Network, said the new building and location is a representation of the organization’s passion for increasing access to health care.

Hydash said FHCN has a 41-year history of serving Tulare and Kings counties and serves 230,000 patients. The previous facility in Hanford was built in 2006.

The new community health center is located at 250 W. Fifth Street, between Redington and Douty streets.

Hydash said the project has been a year-long process, and began construction in January of 2017. She said it’s the largest FHCN facility.

“People worked around the clock — literally,” Hydash said of the short construction timeframe, adding there were many late nights and early mornings.

The new three-story, 38,050 square-foot health center includes 45 exam rooms, 10 dental operatories, a pharmacy, X-ray and ultrasound, an optometry center and plenty of parking.

The new health center offers all primary care services including family medicine, adult and children’s dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health, nutrition, on-site lab services, health education, community outreach, enrollment assistance, and transportation.

New services include chiropractic care, radiology and ultrasound, podiatry services and walk-in services. Hydash said the entire FHCN team is excited about offering additional services to individuals and families in the Hanford area.

Michelle Cano, an FHCN board member serving the Hanford area, said the new center will be home to 124 employees and will provide 102,000 visits annually.

“We really believe at Family HealthCare Network that everyone has the right to high-quality care with dignity and respect, regardless of their ability to pay,” Hydash said. “I want to assure everybody in this audience and everyone in the community that we are here to serve anyone, and this health center will serve everyone.”

Hydash previously told the Sentinel that FHCN purchased the two parcels of land in Sept 2016 from the city, and the new site more than doubles the old center’s space for patients and employees. The move offers staff more exam room and dental operatory space to serve existing and new patients, she said.

The organization is also coordinating with the city of Hanford to place a bus stop in front of the center for easier access to the location. Hydash said FHCN will also offer free transportation for patients of the health center from their home to the health center, as well.

Hanford Mayor David Ayers said at the grand opening ceremony that it was “unbelievable” that that center was able to be constructed in only 10 months.

“Thank you for coming to Hanford, expanding your services and making health care more accessible to all the citizens,” Ayers said.

Hydash said she was grateful to everyone at the city for working with FHCN and helping them along the way. She said nothing would have been possible without the commitment of FHCN staff and the faith of the community.

“We cherish that faith and that commitment and that support,” Hydash said.

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