In Kings and Fresno Counties
in Kings and Fresno counties
There are many health care services in Kings and Fresno counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. California has 11 health care companies in the Covered California marketplace, offering a range of federally subsidized services to individuals and families. Visit www.coveredca.com for more information on open enrollment and options.
See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of community health centers in California, visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Data Warehouse website at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov and enter your ZIP code or city.
The California Dental Association’s roster list on its website, www.cda.org, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist. Select “Public Resources” from the home page and click on “Find a Dentist” to find or verify a dentist. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the dental office’s financial
policies and how is insurance handled?
The Oral Health Program of the California Department of Public Health can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/Oral-Health-Plan.aspx.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
It’s important to find a health care provider before an urgent medical need arises. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.
Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the Medical Board of California’s online listings of licenses and complaints at www.mbc.ca.gov/Consumers. You can browse for a provider by type or by location. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.or . To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the Medical Board of California at www.mbc.ca.gov or call 800-633-2322. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.
- When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
- When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
- Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
- When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
- During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Kings and Fresno counties are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 21 — the Sierra Pacific Network, with the nearest major medical center in Fresno, less than 45 minutes from NAS Lemoore. VISN 21 serves veterans with seven medical centers, nine co-located community living centers and 41 community outpatient clinics located throughout California, Nevada, Hawaii, the Philippines and U.S. territories in the Pacific Basin.
VA Central California Health Care System
2615 E. Clinton Ave. Fresno, CA 93703.............................559-225-6100
The VACCHCS is a 57-bed acute care, general medical and surgical center with state-of-the-art primary, secondary and tertiary care in major diagnostic and treatment specializations. In addition, a 54-bed community living center is on campus and provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation care. VACCHCS has 40,000 veterans enrolled for health care eligibility and serves more than 28,000 veterans in six counties in California’s San Joaquin Valley, including Kings and Fresno counties.
The system’s community-based clinics are in Merced, Oakhurst and Tulare, and its vet center is in Fresno. For more information on clinics and other facilities, go to www.fresno.va.gov/locations or www.fresno.va.gov/locations/other_facilities.asp.
California Department of Veterans Affairs
1227 O St. Sacramento, CA 95814....................................800-952-5626
Veterans Crisis Hotline.....................................................800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for California’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. It operates two service offices in the area:
Kings County Veterans Services Office
1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Law Building 4 Hanford, CA 93230........559-852-2669
Fresno County Veterans Service Office
1320 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 105 Fresno, CA 93710...................559-600-5436
Because emergencies can happen without warning, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.
Adventist Health Hanford
115 Mall Drive Hanford, CA 93230..............................559-582-9000
Adventist Health Reedley
372 W. Cypress Ave.
Reedley, CA 93654 559-638-8155
Adventist Health Selma
1141 Rose Ave. Selma, CA 93662..............................559-891-1000
Coalinga Regional Medical Center
1191 Phelps Ave. Coalinga, CA 93210.........................559-935-6400
Community Regional Medical Center
2823 Fresno St. Fresno, CA 93721..............................559-459-6000
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center
7300 N. Fresno St. Fresno, CA 93720..........................559-448-4500
Saint Agnes Medical Center
1303 E. Herndon Ave. Fresno, CA 93720......................559-450-3000
Valley Children’s Hospital
9300 Valley Children’s Place Madera, CA 93636.............559-353-3000
Public Health Care
California Department of Public Health
1615 Capitol Ave. Sacramento, CA 95814......................916-558-1784
The state’s department of health works to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Californians. To that goal, the organization offers programs statewide by public health professionals to assure that food is safe, children have their immunizations, workplaces are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.
The department’s main office is in Sacramento, with local health units in many of the state’s 58 counties. Thousands of employees and public and private partners help make the department’s goal a reality — making a difference by helping people make their lives healthier. Its website has information on health topics, services available and a listing of local health units by region.
Local health units offer a variety of services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. For a full list of local health units, their hours of operation and their available services, visit the following public health websites for Kings and Fresno counties.
Kings County Department of Public Health
330 Campus Drive Hanford, CA 93230..........................559-584-1401
Fresno County Department of Public Health
1221 Fulton St. Fresno, CA 93721...............................559-600-3200