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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 2013with the Grand Opening/Open House of our newest health centers, theElm 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 shortprogram, a few dignitary remarks, a light lunch, and a tour of the new site. Thisevent is part of a national campaign to raise understanding about the mission andaccomplishments of America's Health Centers as local solutions for affordable andaccessible health care.The Elm Campus encompasses two new buildings: (1) Elm Community HealthCenter, located at 2740 S. Elm Ave, provides primary care services, includingfamily practice and internal medicine and (2) Elm Women's and PediatricCommunity Health Center, located at 2760 S. Elm, providesobstetrics/genecology/ well women and pediatric/children services. The campusalso 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 careto our patients.The site has extended hours of operation, open six (6) days a week at ten (10) hoursper day, totaling 60 hours per week, in order to accommodate patients who areunable to access care during a regular work week. In total, the site has an averageof 14.0 FTE medical providers and 38.0 FTE medical and support staff, includingenabling staff for programs such as WIC, disease case management, comprehensiveperinatal services, and insurance enrollment, serving 17,874 patients through50,666 patient visits.In 2012, Clinica served 152,397 patients through 562,681patient visits and hasbecome the 2nd largest Federally Qualified Health Center in California and thenation.Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient,affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals.PROGRAMS INCLUDING:WIC (30 locations) BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PERINATAL CARE (CPSP) CHDP FAMILY PLANNING CDP BLACK INFANT HEALTH AFLP ADOLESCENT SERVICES MEDICALLY VULNERABLE INFANTS MOBILE HEAL TH HIV/AIDS SUPPORT SERVICES NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS MEDI-CAL/HEALTHY FAMILIES/FOOD STAMP ELIGIBILITYProviding 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 betterthan private practices."Every day in our waiting rooms I witness the value of having a patient-centeredhealth care home," said Stephen W. Schilling, CSV CEO. "When people have aplace to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We provide a range ofservices onsite - primary care services, pediatrics, dentistry, lab, mental healthservices along with our many supportive services, such as WIC and healthinsurance 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 healthcare 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 assistpatients with enrollment into these programs and the new Covered California healthplan. For the uninsured, we accept payments using a sliding fee scale, based onfamily size and income.To learn more about the mission and services of Clinica Sierra Vista please visitour website at