The Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation is moving a new healthcare center into the currently empty retail spaces at the bottom of the five-story condominium building at 899 Valencia St., set to open in mid-November.
The development houses 18 condominiums and three empty spaces on its ground floor, all of which will be occupied by the outpatient healthcare facility in an effort by the foundation to expand its services to “rapidly growing neighborhoods.”
Part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, the foundation’s new facility will serve as an outpatient extension of St. Luke’s Hospital, an inpatient center at 3555 Cesar Chavez St., stepping up “the level of care” for Sutter patients, said Meg Walker, a spokesperson for the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation.
“Having another care center that’s an outpatient but is very close to our inpatient acute hospital makes different levels of care available to our patients,” she said.
The new facility will be joining a slew of health care providers in the Mission, including San Francisco General Hospital at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue, the Mission Neighborhood Health Center near 16th and Shotwell streets, Los Portales Family Medicine on Mission Street between 20th and 21st streets, and the recently opened One Medical Group near 17th and Valencia Streets.
Those are part of city-wide trend of healthcare chains moving into residential and commercial corridors, including Valencia Street in the Mission District.
Walker said the Mission’s rapid growth has created a need for more localized service. With its convenient location in a residential neighborhood and its proximity to public transportation, the medical service provider hopes to better serve its patients in areas where they “live and work.”
“It’s all about convenience,” said Walker, adding that Sutter Pacific was looking to expand into areas in the city that “are growing quickly and also have a shortage of physicians,” and that the medical provider worked with the city’s Health Care Services Master Plan to identify community need. It concluded that many physicians in the Mission are of retirement age and could use nearby health care.
Earlier this month, the healthcare provider opened a center coupled with a travel medicine clinic in SoMa. The upcoming Valencia Street center will offer adult and pediatric primary care services, laboratory and imaging services, and integrative health services.
All three retail spaces at 899 Valencia St. are needed to provide room for up to six physicians, lab facilities, and a retail store focusing on health and healing, according to Walker.
The retail store will mirror similar stores at Sutter Health’s Webster Street, Marin, and Santa Rosa facilities, offering locally crafted and eco-friendly products that promote well being including books, skin and body products, health aids and jewelry, said Walker.