CALEXICO - Calexico city officials and locals gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Calexico Wellness Center Friday, June 1. With the help of the City of Calexico and the Chamber of Commerce, the reveal of the new facility showed the public the wide variety of services never before offered in the city.
Back in 2016, current Wellness Center CEO Blanca Morales and Chief Operations Officer Inette Dominguez visited Imperial Valley and said they saw a great need for Calexico to have its own healthcare facility.
As both women worked to develop the idea with physicians from San Diego, the project’s goal remained centered on implementing medical practices and services found only outside Calexico.
“Healthcare is very dear to my heart, because from the financial aspect, a lot of people do not have it,” said Dominguez. “I want the community to know that regardless of insurance or your ability to afford it, we’re going to treat you right.”
The Calexico Wellness Center will provide primary care services like women’s health with mammogram tests, alcohol and drug-related care, telemedicine, gastroenterology with colonoscopy examinations, cardiology care, and many other options, the center's officials said.
Morales said she was raised in Calexico and has been in the healthcare industry for 19 years. She emphasized the significance the center will have for locals, since many lack a primary care physician and must travel to Mexicali or outside the city to receive extensive services.
“From compiled data we gathered from obesity, asthma, diabetes, and hypertension rates, it was necessary for a center to be establish here,” said Morales. “I hope the community takes away that we’re going to be educating them about being proactive with medicine, whether it’s mental or physical.”
The new establishment is located right in the heart of the city on the corner of Heffernan Avenue and Fourth Street, where the famous De Anza hotel and a senior citizen complex is nearby and the U.S-Mexico border is less than half a mile away.
Chief Executor Officer of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce Hildy Carrillo said having the new center Calexico now means the city will have a strong established healthcare center the community can rely on.
“Because of the amount of people that we are, there isn’t a lot of options in the health factor. It’s going to be great,” she said. “Calexico Wellness Center decided to move here and it’s a big step for the community.”
The evening moved from the ribbon cutting into a program in the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center where a representative presented a certificate of recognition from the office of State Sen. Ben Hueso. Guests and staff enjoyed food and refreshments at the reception for the rest of the event.