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Urgent care: Starting in March

Valley Health Team has been operating the Kingsburg Community Health Center at 1250 Smith St. since 2015 and will offer urgent care after hours beginning in March. They have long-range plans to open one of their largest facilities at Kingsburg’s Business Park.

KINGSBURG – Kingsburg will have a new urgent-care facility this March after an agreement was reached between the Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District Board and Valley Health Team.

VHT already leases space at the former Kingsburg hospital at 1250 Smith St. and will start offering urgent care there in the evenings for those living in its service area. See the district’s service area online at https://www.kthd.org/service-area-map. The planned hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Valley Health Team operates eight health care clinics around the Valley. They opened their Kingsburg Community Health Center in December 2015. The health firm’s CEO Soyla Reyna-Griffin said their long-term plan is to open an even larger facility in Kingsburg’s Business Park.

The agreement was announced at the health care district’s Jan. 9 board meeting.

TCHCD Board President Arlie Rogers said the urgent care is intended for emergency situations, not for routine medical appointments and that the urgent care should be available at the beginning of March.

“It’s supposed to start no later than March 1,” Rogers said of the urgent care. Regarding the larger Business Park location, Rogers said VHT is purchasing land now and will likely break ground later this year.

“They’re supposed to either be in escrow or closed escrow on that property,” he said.

Valley Health Team’s plan is to build a 16,000 square foot facility for primary care that will include vision, dentistry, behavioral health and primary health care. There will also be an urgent care area.

“I think it will be their largest facility,” he said.

The Tri-County Health Care District Board conducted a survey in 2018 and when asked what facilities are needed in the district, respondents often asked for an emergency care facility.

“An urgent care is one of the items that showed up multiple times [on our survey]. It was pretty obvious to us this is something the people want so we’re pretty excited about it,” Rogers said.

The board members also discussed the upcoming grant season where local health care providers will be invited to apply for one of their annual grants. The application forms for the grants are on their website, www.kthd.org.

The next Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District Board meeting is 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the City Hall Chamber, 1401 Draper St.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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