New dental, medical and behavioral clinic in Puyallup

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The inhabitants of Puyallup will have access to a new health facility from 2024.

Community Health Care will open a location at 201 W. Main in downtown Puyallup, in what was once an office of the state health and social services department. The plan is to open it to the public in 2024, dental director Dr. Jeff Reynolds said.

The facility will have dental, medical and behavioral health services.

“We’re designing this clinic to have more integrated care,” Reynolds said.

Customers can expect to find a pharmacy on site. Complete life resources will also be available. The organization offers, among other things, free counseling and addiction services.

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Community Health Care plans to open a new location at 201 West Main in downtown Puyallup in 2024. Courtesy of Russ Sondker

The facility will serve residents of southern and eastern Pierce County, according to a news release. It will offer a rolling fee scale based on income and family size for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

The closest community health care center to Puyallup is at 134 188th St. S. in Spanaway, which has a medical center, dental clinic, and pharmacy. Other locations include Tacoma and Lakewood.

“There are people out there who are seeing patients, but very few are accepting Medicare, Medicaid and that kind of stuff,” Reynolds said of Puyallup. “The need is there.

Money for the new project comes from a $250,000 grant from the Arcora Foundation. The foundation aims to “bend the arc of oral health toward equity” through grants and sponsorships, according to the foundation’s website.

The grant will help serve more residents, including low-income families, Blacks, Indigenous peoples, people of color, seniors on fixed incomes, veterans and rural residents, according to the news release.

Community Health Care had to apply to receive the grant, said Vanetta Abdellatif, president and CEO of the Arcora Foundation. The Snohomish County Community Health Center also received the same grant.

“It’s important for us to work with nonprofits, community health centers — these people have a history and track record of engaging with underserved communities,” Abdellatif said.

Community Health Care has served Pierce County residents since 1969. In 2021, a total of 46,337 patients received care from the organization, which has six medical clinics, four dental clinics, a school clinic and a unit mobile.

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Community Health Care plans to open a new location at 201 West Main in downtown Puyallup in 2024. Courtesy of Russ Sondker

Angelica Relente covers topics that affect communities in East Pierce County. She started as a news intern in June 2021 after graduating from Washington State University. She was born in the Philippines and spent the rest of her childhood in Hawaii.

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