By Bill Sessa, Public Information Officer

The Correctional Health Care Facility, a 1,722-bed acute care facility in its final stages of construction, received the “Economic Benefit to the Community” award Thursday from the Stockton Chamber of Commerce for its contribution to revitalizing the economy of that city.

The award was presented by Doug Wilhoit, Executive Director, during the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon that recognizes unique accomplishments and the civic contributions of local businesses.  Wilhoit presented the award to three CDCR representatives after noting that construction of the facility evolved into a mutually beneficial partnership after it was initially opposed by the city and San Joaquin County.

Chamber Award

From left, Chris Meyer, Director of CDCR’s Facility Planning, Construction and Management Division; Kim Petersen, Community Relations Manger of the Correctional Health Care Facility; and Mike Meredith, Project Director for the Correctional Health Care Facility. (Photo by CDCR photographer Eric Owens)

Accepting awards on behalf of CDCR were Chris Meyer, Director of the Facility Planning, Construction and Management Division; Mike Meredith, Project Director for the Correctional Health Care Facility; and Kim Petersen, the facility’s Community Relations Manager.

Spread over 400 acres of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility in south Stockton, the 1.2 million-square-foot, $900 million project has created 5,500 construction jobs since its groundbreaking in November 2010.  More than 50 percent of those jobs and contract dollars were invested locally, awarded to craftsmen and contractors within 50 miles of the city.

In addition, more than $4 million was invested throughout San Joaquin County for transportation improvements, environmental mitigation and upgrades and extensions of utility infrastructure for the facility.

The economic benefits to the city and county will continue when the Correctional Health Care Facility begins accepting inmate-patients in July.  The facility will employ approximately 2,400 in professional-level jobs, including medical doctors, mental health professionals, correctional officers and support staff, which will add $220 million a year to the region’s economy.