Health center says no to more patients


REDDING, Calif. - Two clinics with Shasta Community Health Center are no longer accepting new patients because of a shortage of health-care providers and an ever increasing amount of new patients.

It comes down to supply and demand.

The Affordable Care Act requires that all Americans be insured, which means health care providers are seeing more and more patients daily.

Work is being done on a $10 million expansion project at the health center's main site in Redding, but that's not expected to be finished for a year or more.

In the meantime, Shasta Community Health Center has put a moratorium on insured-adult patients in Redding and the City of Shasta Lake.

Dean Germano, the CEO for Shasta Community Health Center, said there are six openings for health care providers at the clinic: doctors, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners.

He also said that accepting more patients would be doing them a disservice.

"We're short about six clinicians right now, for what we need, and that's not getting any easier," Germano said. "So it's not making our job easier by accepting more patients when we're having challenges doing the best we can with the patients we already have."

Children and the uninsured will still be accepted.

The Anderson and Happy Valley clinics are not currently affected.