The residents of Coarsegold got some good news Friday with Camarena Health announcing they will open an office in town Feb. 1.
After some remodeling and refurbishment, Camarena will move into the building occupied by Coarsegold Medical Clinic that closed its doors Friday. Dec. 29.
Staff and patients of Coarsegold Medical Clinic were surprised when Dr. A.P. Sidhu announced Dec. 8, that the clinic would close Dec. 29 for economic reasons. The clinic had operated in what was once Coarsegold Hardware at 35324 Highway 41 for three and a half years, and served about 2,000 patients.
The building is owned by Richard and Diane Boland, who for years have worked hard to bring medical services to Coarsegold.
On Friday Richard said the announcement was exciting because so many people in Coarsegold and the surrounding area depended on the clinic for healthcare, including needed prescriptions.
“It’s really uplifting for our community that we were able to reestablish medical care so quickly to go along with other health care services in Coarsegold including Golden Hills Dental, Coarsegold Physical Therapy and Coarsegold Pharmacy supporting each other and the community,” Richard said.
The Boland’s helped bring Sidhu’s practice to Coarsegold, and at the time of opening said the office would help fill a much-needed niche.
“There’s been a desperate need for medical services in Coarsegold for quite a long time,” Diane said three and a half years ago. “These are facilities the community has wanted and needed, and Dr. Sidhu has filled that niche for us.”
“We couldn’t be happier that Camarena will be here in about a month,” Diane said.
In addition to medical services, the Coarsegold clinic will be adding behavioral health care and health education which provides extended one-on-one time with patients so they can receive detailed information on their condition and the best ways to deal with it.
Camarena CEO Paulo Soares is looking forward to the opening of the Coarsegold facility, which will accept most health care insurance along with Medi-Care and Medi-Cal.
“We are privileged to serve the communities in Madera County and we take great pride in the continued expansion and delivery of quality services to our patients, including all the patients we will soon be serving in Coarsegold,” Soares said.
Sheri Oswald, a physician assistant at the Coarsegold Medical Clinic will be retained by Camarena. Soares said they will retain as much of the staff as possible to make for a smooth transition.
Nine locations in county
Established in 1980, Camarena Health currently operate nine locations in Madera County, including the Oakhurst Health Care and Oakhurst Dental at 49169 Crane Valley Road (426) adjacent to the Sierra Star, seven clinical sites in Madera including an urgent care, and a facility in Chowchilla.
The company employes about 400 people throughout the county.
Services provided by Camarena Health include family practice, dental care, internal medicine, pediatric care, behavioral health, optometry, chiropractic, women’s health and health education. Not all services are available at all locations. Special community programs include Car Seats for Kids and Reach Out & Read.
Soares pointed out that Camarena Health has achieved a Level 3 accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) at all of its locations.
“This recognition demonstrates that Camarena Health delivers primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible and focused on quality.” Soares said.