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New clinic delivers high quality health care to Newark residents

March 16, 2012

Having peace of mind means different things to different people. However, most everyone can agree that having a high quality health care clinic right around the corner can certainly put the mind at ease. Residents of Newark have a brand new partner in the quest for better health as Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Washington Township Medical Foundation (WTMF) have collaborated to open a comprehensive clinic offering both primary and urgent care services.

Caring Professionals, Better Health Care

The new clinic boasts a brand new interior and state-of-the art equipment. But more importantly, the clinic will offer the services of a talented staff of board-certified family practice physicians whose combined 30 years of experience will be complemented by collaboration with a wide range of WTMF medical specialists—cardiothoracic surgeons to pediatricians and everything in between.

“Working together, the clinic’s friendly staff members and physicians serve as a valuable health resource for the entire family, from newborns to grandparents, in a location that has been transformed to meet the needs of the growing local population,” says Michael Engle, Washington Hospital’s senior director of Ambulatory Care Services.

“The clinic site was originally an old post office,” he explains. “It was empty for some time, but we’ve gone in and put on a whole new façade and taken it down to the shell. The entire building has been remodeled, including the interior and surrounding grounds.”

“In addition to its patient-focused team of medical staff, another major highlight of the clinic is its 900-square-foot conference center, which will be a place where the community can come for educational events,” explains Engle.

In the Event of an Emergency

Living in the Bay Area, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the possibility of a major earthquake. In addition to its role as a primary care provider, the Newark clinic has been designed to serve residents in the wake of a disaster. Built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake, the site also serves as a triage location for Newark residents in the event that access to the hospital should be temporarily cut off.

“If, in the worst case scenario, the I-880 freeway or any surrounding bridges were to collapse, residents now have access to a satellite medical location with generator capacity inside Newark,” Engle says. “This facility now allows people in our community to come to a place where medical personnel have access to a full reserve of extra supplies, including vital medications, as well as the means to provide basic medical care to residents in a true emergency.”

Engle explains that planning for the worst is a must for a community hospital serving a growing population. “Our mission is to provide care to the district, which means the entire district across the Tri-City area,” Engle says.

Features of the New Clinic

  • Convenient location for Newark residents
  • Primary and urgent care services
  • Same day and walk-in appointments
  • Cooperation with local employers for occupational medicine and workers’ compensation treatment
  • Certified laboratory and X-ray testing
  • Easy freeway access and ample off-street parking

Get the Care You Need, Close to Home

The Newark Clinic is at 6236 Thornton Ave. in Newark and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Washington Township Medical Foundation and its physicians, visit mywtmf.com.

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