ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2020) — At a time when our health and wellbeing matters most, residents near Ponderosa Park will soon have neighborhood access to the care they need thanks to a new St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center.
The center will be a 5,000-square-foot building at Ponderosa Park, which sits along Orangewood Avenue in between the Platinum Triangle and Anaheim Resort. For many in the neighborhood, the park serves as their front yard and community square.
Many of the neighborhood’s working families live in older, compact apartments, and, like many, have felt the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
“The families that will come here don’t always have access to healthcare,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “Coronavirus has shown us that we need to ensure healthcare is available for our working families. This facility helps Anaheim do that.”
Services provided will include wellness exams, immunizations, prenatal care, pediatric care, diabetes care, chronic disease management, mental health, dental and vision.
Inside the center, there will be a waiting and reception area, seven medical exam rooms, four dental exam rooms, procedure rooms, consultation rooms, charting areas and restrooms.
Construction begins October 2020 with an expected opening in mid- to late 2021.
The addition of the health center follows years of investment and improvements to the Ponderosa neighborhood.
In 2010, a new school and library opened at Ponderosa Park.
Then in 2016 the addition of a 10,000-square-foot skate park marked the start of a $16 million renovation of the 9-acre park.
An outdated and outgrown family resource center was replaced in 2017 by an 18,400-square-foot community center offering services, recreation classes and family resources to nearby residents.
A park renovation was completed in 2018 with a new playground, splash pad, picnic areas, outdoor entertainment area and a community garden.
The St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center will be at 330. E. Orangewood Ave.
A socially distant groundbreaking with face masks and temperature checks was held Sept. 28. City Council members, city leaders and St. Jude partners were ion hand.