The anticipated opening date for the Coarsegold Medical Clinic is July 1. The clinic will be run by Dr. AP Sidhu, Doctor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Since 1998, Sidhu has given medical care to seniors in up to 20 Central Valley nursing homes and assisted living centers.
When the doors first open, Sidhu will begin seeing patients with appointments only. Down the road, that may change and walk-ins may be seen. Sidhu is hoping to offer other medical services, such as lab work and x-rays, which would be offered a few times a week. Once all the proper paperwork is in place, the clinic will also offer children immunizations.
"We will see patients of all ages for their healthcare and preventative needs. And once it's been determined that there is a specific need in the community, we will do what we can to meet that need," Sidhu said.
The clinic will also provide some emergency needs, such as stitches or checking someone who has fallen.
Sidhu's goal is to gear his practice to the needs of the community.
"We pride ourselves on customer service," he added, "and will do everything possible to deliver the best healthcare possible. We look forward to being a part of this community for a very long time."
Sidhu came to the United States in 1994 from India. He's the owner of the Fresno Long Term Care Medical group, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the elderly in 2007 from the Fresno mayor at the time, Alan Autry.
From 1998 to 2005, Sidhu saw patients in private practice, then closed his practice to dedicate 100% of his time and energy to the care of seniors. He recently decided to venture into private practice again. Given the number of retirees in the area and his passion for caring for the elderly, Coarsegold offered a perfect fit.
Initially, the clinic will be open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with all insurances, including Medi-cal and Medicare accepted.
However, if no appointments are scheduled, the clinic will close and the staff will return to Fresno to finish out the day. Once appointments pick up and the practice grows, Sidhu may decide to open the clinic six days per week, if needed.