IEHP's newly announced Community Wellness Center adds more heart to the city of San Bernardino

24.05.24 03:31 Uhr

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) broke ground on its new Community Wellness Center (CWC) in San Bernardino on May 22, inviting health plan leaders and city officials to view the site for the first time.

Inland Empire Health Plan held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Community Wellness Center in the city of San Bernardino on May 22. The 33,000-square-foot site at 2050 Massachusetts Avenue is five times the size of the health plan’s existing CWC on Second Street.

The two-story, 33,000-square-foot space at 2050 N. Massachusetts Ave. will replace the existing center on Second Street when it opens in 2025.

"Today's groundbreaking is more than a symbolic gesture – it's about laying the foundation of hope and confirming our commitment to building healthy communities, caring for our neighbors and doing work for the greater good," said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP's chief executive officer.

The San Bernardino CWC was the first of three Community Wellness Centers to open in the region, followed by Riverside and Victorville. All centers provide access to holistic health-based resources to IEHP members and non-members at no cost.

The new CWC will host amenities not available in the current 6,500-square-foot location, including:

  • Six multi-purpose rooms that will double as accessible spaces open for the community to host meetings and gatherings.
  • A state-of-the-art integrated teaching kitchen with seating up to 50.
  • Five partner suites for integrated community-based organization (CBOs) partners to provide services to residents.
  • A multi-media room with tools to accommodate tech-based learning and growth.
  • An expanded class schedule.
  • A children's room and teen center for all-day programming.

For many, CWCs have created lasting bonds between site staff and all who walk through each center's doors.

"These spaces can be hubs of hope, centers of collaboration and communication and portals of remarkable potential," said Eileen Zorn, who serves on IEHP's governing board. "It is the hope of the board and the hope of most of us that this center will be another contribution to make that so."

About IEHP

With a mission to heal and inspire the human spirit, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is one of the top 10 largest Medicaid health plans, the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid public health plan in the country, and for the third year in a row, certified as A Great Place To Work®. Founded in 1996, IEHP supports more than 1.5 million Riverside and San Bernardino County residents enrolled in Medicaid or IEHP DualChoice (those with both Medi-Cal and Medicare). As of 2024, IEHP also offers Covered California plans, further ensuring health care access for even more IE residents. Today, IEHP has a robust network of quality doctors throughout our two counties and nearly 4,000 team members who are fully committed to the vision: We will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. To learn more, go to iehp.org.

Health plan officials, including Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton, center, participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of site construction.

The new IEHP San Bernardino Community Wellness Center is expected to open in 2025.

IEHP Logo (PRNewsfoto/Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP))

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