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Community celebrates promising new Northview Health Clinic

 

Cloudy skies and strong winds did not stop Northview Health Clinic — the newest addition to the Golden Valley Health Centers network — from holding its grand opening last Thursday, at 3940 Sandpiper Ave., in north Merced.

“Over 48 years ago, Golden Valley Health Centers was born out of the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of migrant farm workers,” said Ruben Chavez, GVHC’s chief operations officer. “What you see here is a tribute. Golden Valley soon grew to meet the goals of those who need us and those who need the quality primary care. It has been an amazing journey that has touched many community members.”

While the Northview Clinic first opened its doors on Nov. 4 of last year, the official celebration was designed as an Open House event to introduce the community to all the clinic has to offer, and create excitement for improving health care in the region.

The city’s newest, two-story medical center is 26,000 square feet, and features 37 exam rooms. Services will include family practice, pediatrics, health education, behavioral health, specialty care, chiropractic care, and transitional care. The center is introducing a new program in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, located across the street, called Transitional Care Management. The program will help hospital patients transition into primary care within five days of being discharged.

“I believe this service will be a tremendous benefit for our community,” said Tony Weber, the CEO of Golden Valley Health Centers.

Twelve exam rooms will be dedicated to OBGYN services, nine to urgent care, nine to family practice, and the remaining seven will be used for specialty and transitional care programs.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Along with its general services, the clinic also includes an onsite pharmacy and laboratory services. Some 20 new providers and 45-60 new support staff members will be hired to maintain and facilitate clinic services.

At the event, guests were treated to free food, raffles, games, goodie bags and private tours of the facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the clinic’s front doors was organized the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Valley Health Centers Board of Directors.

For nearly 50 years, Golden Valley Health Centers has helped an estimated 8.5 million community members. Golden Valley consists of 42 sites in three counties that reach across the Central Valley.

“Just imagine, 8.5 million visits!” Chavez commented. “This is an amazing accomplishment that could not have been done without the support and dedication of staff, vendors, board of directors, and most importantly, our patients who trust Golden Valley Health Centers to meet their health care needs.”

To make an appointment at Northview or one of GVHC’s other locations, call or text 866-682-4842.

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