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Health Care Providers Serve Community’s Changing Needs 


As the population in the Stanislaus County area grows, ages and evolves, so do our healthcare needs—and, as those need, change, healthcare providers are responding by expanding their services for local residents and surrounding communities. 


Ground was broken for El Rio Memory Care Community in August 2016, and the new community is expected to open this summer.“El Rio will be home to 72 residents as they journey through life with Alzheimer’s and other early and late stage dementias in a warm and caring atmosphere,” explained Aaron Koelsch, CEO and president.

El Rio Memory Care Community will provide patient care with licensed nurses 24 hours a day, hourly and respite care, and the Personal Touch Care Program that is specially designed to instill significance in every interaction. El Rio has a family legacy of care and is dedicated to providing compassionate service and committed to excellence. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to be part of Modesto, ” Koelsch said. “El Rio Memory Care Community will provide exclusive memory care in an environment that is regionally inspired with surprises around every corner and featuring great outdoor walkways and outdoor space,” Koelsch added. “It’s also in a great location at 2828 Healthcare Way, across from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Modesto.” El Rio Memory Care Community is operated by Koelsch Communities. Family owned and operated for nearly 60 years, Koelsch Communities’ second generation leads the industry in memory care by training and employing licensed nurses and professional staff on-site 24 hours a day. Koelsch Communities utilize the specially designed Personal Touch Program and are committed to bringing dignity, respect and the highest standards of service to residents and family members.


Valley Children’s Healthcare will break ground for a new specialty care center in Modesto in spring 2017. The specialty care center will be located on Pelandale east of Costco, Lowe’s, and Save Mart and is expected to open in summer 2018.

“The first phase of the project is 36,000 square feet and will include specialties that we provide at our McHenry Specialty Care Center, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, pediatric surgery, pulmonology, urology, orthopaedics, endocrinology, otolaryngology, hematology, nephrology and plastic surgery,” said Michael Goldring, Valley Children’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

The second phase of the project will bring the expansion to a total of 62,000 square feet and will be completed at a future date based on patient volume and need. Both property and construction will be funded with cash reserves.

“Our McHenry Specialty Care Center received 9,656 patient visits in fiscal year 2015, and we project that number to grow to more than 27,000 visits a year within the next decad e,” Goldring noted. “The new specialty care center will accommodate this growth and ensure that children in the North Valley can see pediatric care specialists close to home.”

One of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation, Valley Children’s is a nonprofit organization that serves 11 counties and operates Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera as well as clinics and satellite facilities throughout the area.

“Everyone at Valley Children’s is specially trained to care for kids,” Goldring added. “We operate the only children’s hospital in Central California and we’re dedicated to caring for children in this region.”


Doctors Medical Center is enhancing its services in a number of areas.

DMC’s Bi-Plane Interventional Radiology Suite will open in early 2017 with a state-of-the-art imaging system designed to diagnose and treat neurological disorders including stroke and brain aneurysms. The bi-plane is new technology for DMC and complements its existing Interventional Radiologye.DMC is also opening two new Cardiac Catheterization Labs, the first one expected to be complete in early 2017. Both cath labs upgrade DMC’s existing technology used to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat narrowings or abnormalities.

In addition, DMC has invested in the daVinci XI Robotic Surgery Center, equipped with the latest robotic surgery technology designed for greater maneuverability for physicians and better outcomes for patients. This new robot doubles DMC’s capacity for robotic surgery and assists robotically trained surgeons in general surgery and the specialties of gynecological, bariatric, urological, and uro/gynecological surgeries.

DMC is also opening a new conference center at 1445 McHenry Ave. to provide easily accessible space for community health education and other educational and community services.

“Doctors Medical Center was founded by pioneering doctors and has maintained the tradition of being the first to bring state-of-the-art technology to the community,” said Tiffani Burns, marketing manager. “We are committed to improving the quality of life of every person who enters our doors, and the best way to do that is to ensure that we have some of the best technology available.”

For information about El Rio visit: www.koelschseniorcommunities.com/senior-living/ca/modesto/el-rio.

For information about Valley Children’s visit: www.valleychildrens.org.

For more information about Doctors Medical Center visit: www.dmc-modesto.com.

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