After 50 years, Tucson’s El Rio Health still growing, helping

El Rio Health is celebrating 50 years of care here by giving Tucson a gift: A new medical center in one of the city’s most poorly served areas.

Construction will begin soon at the yet-to-be-named clinic at 3655 E. Grant Road, the site of an old Wells Fargo Bank that will be transformed into a 30,600-square-foot medical and behavioral health center including a laboratory, radiology services, a pharmacy and dental care.

El Rio Health, the largest local provider of medical and dental services for uninsured people and Medicaid recipients, already has 11 campuses in Tucson. It serves more than 110,000 people each year, with an annual budget over $124 million. El Rio purchased the new site in April for $1.8 million and expects it will take up to $13 million more to complete it.