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Planada Health Center reopens for community

After several months of flood restoration work, Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) reopened the Planada Medical Clinic on June 1.

Following severe storm damage and flooding in January, the Merced County Office of Emergency Services mandated evacuations of Planada residents. More than 4,000 people were displaced, roads and businesses were closed for the safety of the community. GVHC’s Planada clinic was among the businesses ravaged by floodwaters. As the only medical clinic in Planada, GVHC pivoted to continue providing services ranging from emergency first aid, offered at the temporary shelter site, to providing water, baby formula and mobilizing a Healthcare services van, parked at the clinic to provide urgent care.

Working with local nonprofit partners, GVHC Community Health Workers set up at the Planada Community Center in the wind and rain. They distributed water, dental kits, and basic household supplies to residents who were in need. Clinical staff and nursing teams set up tables and offered basic medical care and services.

The Golden Valley Health Centers Foundation launched a donation drive, which raised funds and collected everyday household items that many Planada residents had lost.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Virtual urgent care is also available on Monday afternoons from 12 – 5 p.m. For more, visit online at: gvhc.org or call (209) 722-4842.

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