Hundreds tour new Rocklin facility

Three-hour open house showcases expanded, one-stop care for Placer County residents

Dr. Raimondi and guest
Phil Raimondi, acting medical director for UC Davis Medical Group Rocklin, shares a laugh with a visitor. The Rocklin facility includes an increased roster of primary care physicians and a variety of specialists.

To passers-by on Highway 65 last Saturday, the huge tent and colorful signs evoked an old-fashioned fair. But a closer look revealed free flu shots, vegetables and health screenings instead of corn dogs and other fried foods.

The source of the fanfare: an open house at the new Placer Center for Health, a 66,000-square-foot outpatient health facility in Rocklin jointly leased by UC Davis Health System and Mercy/Catholic Healthcare West. UC Davis physicians occupy the second floor of the facility and Mercy-affiliated physicians the third. The first floor includes a diagnostic imaging center, clinical laboratory and infusion center operated by UC Davis, as well as a shared laboratory.

Hundreds of people turned out for the Oct. 25 event, held to welcome south Placer County residents to the state-of-the-art facility and display the wide array of one-stop medical services inside.

“It was a tremendous success,” said Phillip Raimondi, medical director of UC Davis Primary Care Network, watching visitors continue to stream in even as the event drew to a close.

Lincoln resident Jim Helzer arrived early at the UC Davis clinic to meet UC Davis Medical Group’s new primary care physicians and to secure a seat for a talk on healthy aging. Helzer, a retired hospital administrator, currently sees a UC Davis internist in Roseville and visits the health system’s Sacramento campus for scans and specialty services. He’ll now able to handle many needs with one much-shorter trip.

Visitors receive information on heart health
Visitors learn about UC Davis vascular services coming soon to the Rocklin facility.

“I feel very comfortable in transferring out here,” Helzer said. “I’ve been with UC Davis Health System for a number of years and I’m very impressed with the type of people they hire and the care they give you.”

UC Davis primary care physician Sanyukta Pawar and Scott Christensen, an associate professor of hematology and oncology, were among those on hand to meet visitors as they toured the building. The new facility offers care from UC Davis Cancer Center, home to a large clinical trials network.

UC Davis services at Placer Center for Health:

  • Increased roster of primary care physicians
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology & oncology
  • Vascular medicine (coming soon)
  • Orthopedics (coming soon)
  • Pulmonology (coming soon)
  • CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and mammography
  • Endoscopy
  • Infusion center
  • Clinical laboratory
  • Outpatient pharmacy (coming soon)

Placer Center for Health

Outside, hundreds of people crowded the parking lot to enjoy live jazz and to participate in free health screenings and children’s activities. UC Davis staff distributed free pedometers with tips about walking for fitness at one table. Nearby, UC Davis Chronic Disease Management Program nurses conducted blood glucose testing, and dieticians dispensed advice about nutrition, heart health and diabetes prevention.

Mercy staff conducted a number of health screenings as well. Younger visitors enjoyed face painting, coloring, storytelling and a pumpkin patch.

Children loved the face painting
Families enjoyed face painting, a pumpkin patch, storytelling and live music.

“It’s fun,” said 11-year-old Luke, showing off a pumpkin he decorated with an alien’s face. “And I like the band.”

UC Davis Medical Group offers primary care in 10 communities throughout the greater Sacramento area, including Roseville and Auburn. The medical group is part of UC Davis Health System, which also includes the nationally ranked UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis School of Medicine.

For more information on the Placer Center for Health, visit the clinic website.