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New comprehensive primary care center, destined for the friendly city

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FORTUNA - A new comprehensive primary care center is destined for the friendly city and it’s expected to be up and running within the next three years.

The facility will provide care for Eel River Valley residents for the next 35 years. It will be both an attraction tool to bring in the best providers and a retention tool to keep them in the area. The facility will be similar to the one in Eureka and located across from Redwood Memorial Hospital’s main entrance. It will have family practices, pediatrics, internal medicine and possibly OB services.

The 12 million dollar project is funded by donations, the city of Fortuna, the McLean Foundation and Open Door Community Health, with a long term loan from the USDA. The center will focus on modern medicine uses that are becoming a standard for the future.

"Right now I think that we're having a real issue with access to care all over the county. This will provide adequate care to the whole Eel River Valley and it will attract that next generation of younger folks, who will be the next medical work force of the future," said, Herrmann Spetzler, Open Door CEO.