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Health Center Serving Fresno's Low-Income Families Opens


A new walk-in clinic, designed to help meet the needs of Valley residents who need access to affordable health care, is open for business in Fresno.

The Elm Community Health Center opened on Friday, August 23, 2013 with a grand opening celebration.  It has two new buildings, one at 2740 South Elm in Fresno that houses the Elm Community Health Center, and the Elm Women's and Pediatric Community Health Center at 2760 Elm.  The campus also has a dental center and offers other program services, such as WIC and MCOP/CPSP.

It will be open six days per week for ten hours each day.  According to Clinica Sierra Vista CEO Stephen W. Schilling, "When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier."

In addition to traditional payment methods the clinic will accept "Covered California", the state's answer to the national "Affordable Care Act".

The text of a news release received by from Clinica Sierra Vista is below:


Bakersfield- Clinica Sierra Vista is marking National Health Center Week 2013
with the Grand Opening/Open House of our newest health centers, the
Elm Community Health Center-Campus located at 2740/2760 S. Elm Ave,
Fresno, CA 93706 on Friday, August 23rd at 12 noon. The event will include a short
program, a few dignitary remarks, a light lunch, and a tour of the new site. This
event is part of a national campaign to raise understanding about the mission and
accomplishments of America's Health Centers as local solutions for affordable and
accessible health care.

The Elm Campus encompasses two new buildings: (1) Elm Community Health
Center, located at 2740 S. Elm Ave, provides primary care services, including
family practice and internal medicine and (2) Elm Women's and Pediatric
Community Health Center, located at 2760 S. Elm, provides
obstetrics/genecology/ well women and pediatric/children services. The campus
also has a dental center along with several ancillary program services, such as WIC,
MCOP/CPSP, and Patient Navigator, all in an effort to provide comprehensive care
to our patients.
The site has extended hours of operation, open six (6) days a week at ten (10) hours
per day, totaling 60 hours per week, in order to accommodate patients who are
unable to access care during a regular work week. In total, the site has an average
of 14.0 FTE medical providers and 38.0 FTE medical and support staff, including
enabling staff for programs such as WIC, disease case management, comprehensive
perinatal services, and insurance enrollment, serving 17,874 patients through
50,666 patient visits.

In 2012, Clinica served 152,397 patients through 562,681patient visits and has
become the 2nd largest Federally Qualified Health Center in California and the
Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient,
affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals.

Providing medical, dental, behavioral, case management and education, and social services to the people of Kern, Fresno and Inyo Counties since 1971.
Studies also show the quality of care at a health center is as good as or even better
than private practices.

"Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centered
health care home," said Stephen W. Schilling, CSV CEO. "When people have a
place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range of
services onsite - primary care services, pediatrics, dentistry, lab, mental health
services along with our many supportive services, such as WIC and health
insurance enrollment. Our patients not only get the care they need under one roof,
but they are treated as individuals, with dignity and respect. This is what health
care should be, and what we celebrate during National Health Center Week."

Clinica accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, private insurances, most HMO plans and cash.
We have Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment staff at our health centers to assist
patients with enrollment into these programs and the new Covered California health
plan. For the uninsured, we accept payments using a sliding fee scale, based on
family size and income.

To learn more about the mission and services of Clinica Sierra Vista please visit
our website at



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