UCR Health’s New Office Space in Downtown Riverside Has Grand Opening

Venue expands medical services in psychiatry, neurology, primary care, plastic surgery

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Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the UCR Health at Citrus Tower. From left to right, CEO of UCR Health & Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs Michael Nduati, UCR Foundation Trustee and Co-chair of Living the Promise Campaign Sue Johnson, Dean & CEO Clinical Affairs Deborah Deas, M.D., Wilcox, Pamela Rubin, Mark Rubin, UCR Health Chief Medical Officer Tae Kim, M.D., and Economic Development Manager of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency Rob Moran. (Photo by Carrie Rosema)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Starting this month, the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside and UCR Health, the clinical arm of the medical school, have been providing people with more access to medical services through a new office space in downtown Riverside.

Located at Citrus Tower, 3390 University Ave., Riverside, the new space had its grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 10. In attendance were local elected officials, business leaders, board members of the Riverside Chambers of Commerce, local healthcare leaders, community partners, and UC Riverside and medical school leadership.

“This really is a milestone for the UCR School of Medicine,” said Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Officer for Clinical Affairs. “We could not have reached it without the support of Pam and Mark Rubin and the unyielding support of UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. The mission of the medical school is to train a diverse workforce and to develop a medical program in clinical care and research to serve the people of inland Southern California, where we have a dearth of physicians. The new clinic puts a platform in place where we are not just training physicians but also treating patients in the area.”

The new office space at Citrus Tower contains a suite for UCR Health psychiatry and a second suite for UCR Health multispecialty services, which includes neurology, primary care, reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, and more. There are also plans to add women’s health and pain management in the near future.

“The UCR School of Medicine was built on a premise of providing service to Riverside and the entire Inland Empire, and this new facility is a profound symbol of that commitment,” Chancellor Wilcox said. “This is an exciting time for the UCR School of Medicine. Our first four-year class is graduating this fall, all of whom matched for residency, and we now have this state-of-the-art office to expand access for patients and provide opportunities for our students. The entire university owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the Rubins and all those who have made this clinic a reality.”

Michael Nduati, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of UCR Health, acknowledged that it took a “village of dedicated, talented people” to create the new office space.

“These are our first medical offices that we have built from the ground up,” he said. “There is one person in particular who deserves very special recognition for his tireless efforts to breathe life into this project – Dr. Tae Kim, UCR Health Chief Medical Officer,” he said before presenting Kim with a plaque that expressed appreciation and recognition of Kim’s contributions to the design, build-out and opening of the UCR Health Citrus Tower medical offices.

Mark Rubin, who developed not only Citrus Tower but much of the City of Riverside, spoke next. Rubin and his wife, Pam, supported the UCR School of Medicine since its inception.

“On behalf of the Rubin family, we are delighted to welcome you to Citrus Tower,” he said. “We are particularly proud to have our name associated with the School of Medicine and its leadership. We are pleased to be a part of the growth of the UCR campus and the School of Medicine.”

The event closed with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours of the new office space.

The new clinic anticipates 33,000 patient visits each year. Doors opened to patients on Monday, May 1.

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A complete set of photos from the grand opening can be found here.

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