Adventist Health made its mark in the central San Joaquin Valley with the construction of Hanford Community Medical Center in Hanford, California, in 1965. Since that time, the hospital expanded to accommodate the community's growing needs, adding thousands of square feet and building the three-story Kerr Outpatient Center.
Adventist Health's growth surged in 1998 with the purchase of Central Valley General Hospital (formerly called Sacred Heart Hospital) in Hanford. A year later, Adventist Health bought Selma Community Hospital, about 15 miles north of Hanford. Central Valley General Hospital and Selma Community Hospital also began opening rural health clinics to improve rural patients' access to health care in the region.
Providing a one-stop health care solution
The hospital licenses of Hanford Community and Selma Community were combined in 2005. Central Valley General Hospital began operating the Selma Community clinics. Consolidating services among the three hospitals improved access, quality and strength.
Hanford Community and many departments at Central Valley General Hospital moved into the new Adventist Health Hanford medical center on December 5, 2010. Obstetrics services followed in 2015 after a birth center was built.
Enhanced hospital care
On November 1, 2011, the network acquired the 49-bed Sierra Kings District Hospital in Reedley and its rural health clinics in Reedley, Dinuba, Orange Cove and Parlier. The hospital, now Adventist Health Reedley, offers emergency care, imaging and lab services as well as obstetrical care in the spacious 20-bed Birth Center.
The Central Valley Network now offers 36 licensed rural health medical offices in Kings, Kern, Madera, Fresno and Tulare counties, as well as centers for physical therapy, sleep apnea, spine and pain, breast care and lung care, among many other services.
After more than 50 years of providing faith-based, whole-person care in the Central Valley, Adventist Health is starting a new chapter in its story. In April 2017, Adventist Health announced a new systemwide brand direction that includes an expanded mission statement, core values and facility name changes that reflect Adventist Health as a whole.
The idea is to help communities, where Adventist Health offers services, gain a true understanding of the services offered, no matter what city they’re receiving care. With the new brand direction, comes a new tagline, “Together Inspired,” which speaks to the organization coming together with its communities and the power that connection will have to move all of us toward a healthier life.