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New medical center to serve Merced area seniors

POSTED November 6, 2010 12:24 a.m.

Thanks to a $9.5 million grant from the federal government Golden Valley Health Centers is breaking ground for a new, state of the art, comprehensive medical facility to serve the health and wellness needs of Merced area seniors.

Funding for the new facility was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will allow Golden Valley to provide health care services for an estimated additional 4,500 patients annually.  To serve those new patients Golden Valley will hire approximately 30 new permanent staff.  The project will also create over 200 construction jobs. 

“We are grateful for the stimulus funding which will allow us to expand comprehensive health and wellness services to our seniors while creating hundreds of jobs that are so desperately needed here in the Valley,” said Golden Valley CEO Michael Sullivan.  “I am particularly grateful to the critical role that Congressman Dennis Cardoza played in securing this funding.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the main Merced campus of Golden Valley Health Centers at 737 West Childs Ave. at noon on Nov. 16.  The public, especially seniors, is invited and a light lunch will be served. 

When it opens in early 2012 the facility will feature an integrated approach to senior care with lab and pharmacy services on site and with a specialties services clinic and an eye center all under the same roof.  Seniors will also have access to related services such as health educators, nutritionists, behavioral health specialists, and health insurance counselors.

 

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