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Vista Community Clinic upgrades facility, honors longtime nurse

OCEANSIDE — Vista Community Clinic held a dedication ceremony on Oct. 16 to celebrate upgrades to its facility on Pier View Way, which was last updated in 1999.

Reconfiguration of the building’s layout added three exam rooms, four offices, extra staff space and enlarged the waiting area. Artwork and fresh paint spruced up the interior.

The clinic also refreshed its 30-year-old logo. The new VCC logo is vibrant teal and green, and reflects the clinic’s mission to be a home for its patients.

Fernando Sanudo, Vista Community Clinic CEO, said improvements would allow the facility to see 5,000 more patients annually. Additional staff was also hired to meet the demands of newly insured patients.

“We’ve been swamped with phone calls,” Sanudo said. “It took people a while to understand health insurance enrollment.”

Sanudo said patients who have never had health insurance are coming in with chronic diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Additional offices provide needed rooms for consultations, and referrals to health specialists.

“Our physicians are incredibly busy,” Sanudo said.

The dedication ceremony drew a packed house. During the ceremony a wall above the front check-in desk was unveiled to reveal the name of the Karen Talamantez Memorial Clinic.

Talamantez served as a nurse practitioner at the facility for 14 years, and recently passed away due to cancer.

“She was high energy, and patients loved her,” Sanudo said. “She brought her motherly skills into the clinic. She was a great human being, and a huge loss.”

Her sister, Susan Knott, and coworkers spoke about her dedication to patient care.

“Her heart was with patient care,” Knott said. “Patients knew they had her undivided attention. For her it was a team effort.”

Sanudo said Talamantez’s name would serve as an inspiration to those who work at the clinic.

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