OILDALE, Calif. - Omni Family Health celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for their new location on North Chester Avenue Wednesday.
The new facility will provide over 100 new jobs and bring economic development to the community of Oildale.
The area along North Chester has not seen the new development in decades, which local businesses say will spark new life to the area.
"Oildale needs this, all the other buildings around here are dilapidated. I think the new health center will bring in more customers to businesses alone or Chester," Juanita Bradshaw, a business owner.
Omni Family Health, formerly National Health Services is an independent non-profit healthcare organization that has been operating in Kern County since 1978.
The brand new state-of-the-art facility will have 22 exam rooms, walk-in urgent care, an onsite pharmacy and mental health services.
Company officials began to look for a new facility in response to a growing demand for quality healthcare that was becoming more difficult to provide because of increasing numbers of patience coming to their doors seeking medical services.
Officials said they have spent the past several years implementing strategies to expand its capacity to meet the primary care needs of the community.
Space limitations at their old facility located at Roberts Lane, was the catalyst for the organization to begin plans to relocate to property on North Chester Avenue.
The organization operates Federally Qualified Health centers in the communities at Buttonwillow, Lost Hills, Wasco, Taft, Delano, Shafter, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and the greater Bakersfield area.
OFH provides services such as general medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics OB/GYN, behavioral health, dental, chiropractic, diagnostic testing and health education in community outreach services.
The completion date is expected in late 2014. The price tag is $4.65 million and is funded by the Health Resource Services Administration with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.