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Tucson health center undergoes makeover

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By Allison Herriot / Tucson News Now Intern

TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona students and community members used their creativity to give back Saturday.

More than 300 volunteers came out to give an "extreme makeover" to St. Elizabeth's Health Center in midtown.

St. Elizabeth's is a community health clinic for underinsured or uninsured patients around Tucson. The center bills patients according to what they can afford.

The facility was painted, cleaned and organized as part of UA Cats in the Community Day.

This was the sixth year of the event.

Close to nine months of planning goes into the project, and renovations are completed in one day, organizers said.

Graphic arts students compete nine months before the event, developing ideas for design of the selected recipient.

"It's pretty awesome actually seeing everything come together," said Chelsea Cota, student leader of UA Cats in the Community Day. "We've been working with these designs since October.

"All that we've had are digital representations so actually seeing it put together is really awesome, it's really cool," she said.

Each year, a non-profit organization is chosen based on need and impact on the community.

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