George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center Opens in Martinez

May 9, 2014 8:00 am · 31 comments

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Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) opened the doors this week to its newest health center, which is named in honor of Congressman George Miller and his wife, Cynthia Miller.

CCHS named the new outpatient facility after the Millers as a tribute to their decades of service improving the health of the community and supporting health care reform. The George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center, located on the campus of CCHS’ Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, is the tenth health center operated by the county health system. A dedication ceremony will be held on May 12.

The George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center is an example of health reform taking shape on the local level by improving access to care and integrating behavioral and physical health care, said Dr. William Walker, CCHS Director.

“Contra Costa Health Services is dedicating this wellness center to the Millers for their steadfast and vigorous advocacy to bring about health care reform and improve mental health services in Contra Costa County,” Walker said. “This new facility is called a wellness center to reflect the fact that it offers more than just physical care. The focus is on treating the whole person by integrating physical and behavioral health care under one roof.”

Cynthia Miller has been a longtime supporter of children’s mental health programs and has served on the Mental Health Commission of Contra Costa County and the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s Ethics Committee. Congressman Miller, who is retiring after 40 years in office, has been a champion of national health reform and is one of original authors of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Millers said they are honored by this recognition and thrilled that this new center will offer a new integrated approach to health services for Contra Costa residents. Congressman Miller said he had two goals when he took office 40 years ago: end the Vietnam War and pass universal health care.

“With the Affordable Care Act now helping millions in California and around the country purchase quality, affordable health insurance, I’m proud to be leaving Congress with both goals accomplished,” Congressman Miller said. “It wasn’t easy, but we achieved health reform with the support of communities like ours here in Contra Costa and throughout the East Bay. The wellness center will offer coordinated care to those who need it most, and my wife and I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with it.”

The 10,000-square-foot George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center is expected to receive about 70,000 outpatient visits annually. The facility will offer primary care, pediatrics, group medical visits and same-day appointments. Behavioral health services at the site will include psychiatry, short-term individual and family therapy, outpatient care for substance abuse, support groups, and crisis management and referral into long-term treatment for children and adults.

The wellness center is the second of the county’s 10 health centers to integrate physical and behavioral health services. CCHS opened its first such health center in Concord last year. Cynthia Miller thanked the mental health advocacy community for making behavioral health care a priority.

“The dedication of my friends and colleagues throughout Contra Costa who made mental health care a priority for this county is manifested in this wellness center,” Cynthia Miller said.

Local elected officials and health leaders will gather to celebrate the opening of the George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in front of the Wellness Center at 25 Allen Street.

Speakers at the event will include Congressman Miller, Congressman Mike Thompson, Contra Costa County Supervisors John Gioia and Karen Mitchoff, CCHS Director Dr. William Walker, and Regional Medical Center and Health Centers Chief Executive Officer Anna Roth.

For more information about the George & Cynthia Miller Wellness Center, visit cchealth.org/centers

{ 31 comments }

1 Anonymous May 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Democrats naming things after…Democrats.

Nothing to see here, move along folks.

2 Rob May 9, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Well you can’t actually name it after a Conservative since it is in the business of helping people – for a Conservative medical clinic – its just an empty field with a sign that says “Good Luck’.

3 Justin May 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Thing don’t get much more bitter than #1

4 Noj May 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

follow the money…

5 mutts May 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

What? Not on Monument Blvd.?
Of course conservatives want health care for people. I think alot of people drank obummers kool aid. After all, he and other democraps exempted themselves. Meanwhile, he’s here raising thousands for campaigns. What was that lie again? Republicans being the rich party?

6 anon May 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Are they going to do a better job of serving patients than the VA?

7 Anonymous May 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Let’s See to get there you drive over the George Miller bridge,turn left past the George Miller Building . Left again and you’re at the George Miller Health Center.

Kinda liked old Saddam, at least he made statues of himself. That will come next, no doubt, Illuminated by solar panels his son bilked the taxpayers out of (again)

And no Justin ,not bitter, more like amused at the Democrats who worship the ground Miller walks on like the North Koreans worship the Kim family.

8 Cat Wrangler May 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

A fitting tribute to a compassionate and dynamic couple that have served publicly and privately to make a positive difference in our community, throughout our country and beyond. Outstanding statesmanship like theirs is rare and sincerely appreciated. :)

9 Ven Exeter May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Well aren’t we working peons lucky that George Miller and Obama enacted legislation that made our health care premiums skyrocket? Let’s keep this propaganda rolling so we remember how fortunate we are to have elitist scoundrels watching over us, as before they came along we were too ignorant to know how to care for ourselves.

10 @cat Wrangler May 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Nice try George.

11 Safety Second May 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Democrats are just plain GROSS…No virtue ….No soul

12 Elwood May 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Wow, this is just perfect for me.

George makes me sick!

13 Anonymous May 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Miller never had a real job and it showed. He inherited his fathers job. Now he gets his name on stuff.

14 Aspirin May 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Miller is a great representative for intelligent Californians. It is why he gets reelected.

15 Aspirin May 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The Repukes hate Miller because he gets the job done for the VAST MAJORITY of Californians, who happen to be Democrats. Pay no attention to his critics. They have no facts to back up their criticism.

16 @asprin May 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Sorry pal but he’s quitting, after having passed his job down to DeSaulnier, who thankfully will be in the minority and defanged .

We are disenfranchised in CA ,the union folks like the BART union control these dem politicians.

17 East Bay Babe May 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

@ Aspirin – That is the reason we are going broke. What job has he done beside freeloading on taxpayers and FORCING us to accept Obamacare except himself and family?

Now looking at Miller, he reminds me of a fat Walrus. Now why would a wellness center be named after a person who looks unfit?

18 Abbie R. May 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

How come the Antioch Bridge is actually the Senator Nejedly Bridge, (named for a republican) while Congress man Jerome Waldie, (a demi crat who impeached Nixon) only gets “Waldie Plaza” in the slums of downtown Antioch named after Him?

19 Mimi (original) May 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Considering how most politicians are around their constituents, George Miller is awesome. He’s been a long time supporter and promoter of improved early childhood education (Head Start in Contra Costa county has two sites named after Miller’s – 1 in Concord (grandfather) and a beautiful site in Richmond (GM III), and improved healthcare for the un- & underinsured). He will be sorely missed in the maelstrom we call POLITICS.

20 . May 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

@aspirin#16…

“Repukes”? Nothing like insulting people (ie, a whole group , regardless of how they actually vote) because they disagree with your personal political views.

Democrats – the party of inclusion and diversity ……..as long as you agree with them.

Hypocrite!

21 Attention Interns May 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Really, The Miller -DeSaulniier interns posting here have to do a better job. Get nasty or at least try to look like a real poster. Your defenses of Miller sound like press releases. I’m sure you can call him up and say. “Look how I defended you,” but the rest of us are not fooled .
Not one bit

Fact is this grinning Nancy Pelosi- bodyguard never had a real job in his life.Like DeSaulnier, he is about taxing the middle class to death. Its about power, nothing more.

Here is another interesting fact about Miller. Long time ago a protestor at the Naval Weapons Station decided to see if he could stop a train with his legs. Didn’t work. The whole left, from Jesse Jackson on down came to huge rallies, in support of the legless dude.. Miller was scheduled to come and join his fellow bloviaters.The railroad union folks ordered him not too. He turned out to be a last minute no show.

22 Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Dear trolls,

Your mean-spirited comments reveal more about who you are and how your think about the world, government, civic duty, others and yourself.

Congressman Miller and his wife have a lifetime of comments, actions, sacrifices and contributions that are a legacy to their compassionate and selfless service.

I wonder what you have done to ever make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of others?

23 . May 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

@catwrangler…..

Miller still hasn’t held a real job in his lifetime, and just sucked off the govt teat the entire time.

You speak of “making a difference”? There are a hell of a lot of people who are making a difference and not just passing laws, while getting their faces in the press and patting themselves on the head.

He’s never had to meet a payroll. He’s never had to hire/fire anyone. He’s never had to worry about posting a profit. He’s never had to worry about trying to meet ongoing interference by govt regulators. He’s never had to worry about coming home at night like cops and firefighters. Face it, he’s had the silver spoon in his mouth for decades.

His only “worry” in life is getting re-elected. He does NOT represent his constituents!

24 Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM

@24-

It is easy to sit on the sidelines under the cloak of anonymity and make negative statements that have no basis in fact whatsoever. You are entitled to your opinions, not false accusations. It would be interesting to know how your legacy would fare if we applied your criteria to your own life, relationships and work.

You do not know the sacrifices and decisions that Congressman Miller and his wife have made over the years to serve the public rather than themselves and raise a family. The most that you can know is what all of us gather from news reports and personal statements they have made over the years at constituent meetings and in the due course of their daily work.

I am a private businessowner and have had to make payroll, hire/fire and make a profit. I have never taken a handout, applied for public assistance or unemployment and believe my choices are a reflection of the values taught me by hard-working mother and father who were public servants that put their lives on the line each day for the safety and betterment of others. I put George Miller in their category, along with other police/fire/education/statemen heroes that accepted pennies in income to serve, protect and educate.

It is your right to disagree, but stick to facts – not self-siserving vitriole.

25 Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

@24-

It is easy to sit on the sidelines under the cloak of anonymity and make negative statements that have no basis in fact whatsoever. You are entitled to your opinions, not false accusations. It would be interesting to know how your legacy would fare if we applied your criteria to your own life, relationships and work.

You do not know the sacrifices and decisions that Congressman Miller and his wife have made over the years to serve the public rather than themselves and raise a family. The most that you can know is what all of us gather from news reports and personal statements they have made over the years at constituent meetings and in the due course of their daily work.

I am a private businessowner and have had to make payroll, hire/fire and make a profit. I have never taken a handout, applied for public assistance or unemployment and believe my choices are a reflection of the values taught me by hard-working mother and father who were public servants that put their lives on the line each day for the safety and betterment of others. I put George Miller in their category, along with other police/fire/education/statemen heroes that accepted pennies in income to serve, protect and educate.

It is your right to disagree, but stick to facts – not self-serving vitriole.

26 Dear Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Dear Cat Wrangler

Nice touch bad mouthing people for operating under the “The cloak of anonymity”. I looked in the phone book for Wrangler, Cat ,and cant find you. Must be unlisted.

Second,comparing Miller to cops and firemen is really a reflection of what you think about .. cops and firemen. Here’s some news, cops and firemen really do get hurt and killed. Miller has never , ever, ventured forth in the world . Biggest danger he ever faced was an angry labor leader.

Finally you tell us that Miller “Accepted pennies in income to serve” Yes he accepted 174,000,000 pennies every year. Of course his son , the famous lobbyist and seller of solar panels to school districts here, accepted a bit more.

27 Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Dear Anonymous Troll.

I use the same name each time I post. We just know you as @, . Or anonymous troll.

Sorry that you don”t appreciate the fine work by Congressman Miller. I do. I also know that he accepted pennies in comparison the the millions he could have earned if he had only looked selfishl out for himself. Thankfully, he chose public service instead and we have reaped the benefit in countless ways – children”s programs, protected Delta, expanded park and wilderness areas to mention a few.

You still haven”t answered what you have done to contribut in a meaningful way to our community. That is OK. You can still turn over a new leaf and try to make today the day you decide to make a positivew difference instead of throwing roccks at those who do serve.

28 @ Rebecca May 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Check it out dearie, if you dont like uncivil discourse , click the old mouse right on by

29 Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Dear Cat Wrangler,

Try a little proof reading before you post.

30 H. Kennedy May 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

George Miller is a buffoon. He is so in love with himself as you can see by all the photos his staff takes of him.

He couldn’t hold a candle to Tubbs who ran against him. He lost every debate and quickly exited afterward each.

He is tired and old. And Full of sh-t just like every other democrat politician.

This healthcare is something he’s not bragging about since it is such a flop.

His retirement is long overdue. I’ve been waiting for this year way too long.

And this building is a joke to put his wife’s name on it too.

Anyone who endorses this Muslim president is friggin crazy. Our constitution is no longer the document it was meant to be thanks to this jackass and the President.

31 Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

We read that Miller is #1 in Congress for accepting free travel. The fans should read about the phony bid his son posted with the Feds for his solar project..

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