Expanding Preventive and Specialty Care in Gonzales

After the Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center’s physical expansion was completed in 2020, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System began expanding patient care and access for 2021.

For South County residents, access to more specialty and family health services means getting and staying well has never been more convenient.

After the Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center’s physical expansion was completed in 2020, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System leaders and Center staff turned their attention to expanding patient care and access for 2021. With the increased space – a jump from 6,400 square feet to nearly 20,000 square feet – the Center was able to add a physician and an advanced practitioner to its family medicine team and expand specialty care offerings at the clinic.

The Center now offers gastroenterology and cardiology care, in addition to family medicine, orthopedic surgery and other specialty care as available. These specialty care offerings are extensions of the healthcare system’s Salinas and peninsula programs.

Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center’s entrance.
Matthew Fiess, PA-C, meets with another Center staff member.
A patient has her eyes examined.

The Center provides flu and COVID-19 vaccines for pediatric and adult patients, with walk-in vaccines available for adults. The Blue Zones Project of Monterey County also has a presence within the Center, and staff look forward to offering services through this partnership – as well as utilizing the Center’s new classroom and kitchen – when it’s safe to resume classes and outreach programs.

“Because it’s just a few minutes from my home, my care at Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center has aways been more convenient. I’ve been able to see the providers there fast when I need them, and I’ve always had a good experience. I’ve also recommended the Center to my brother because he lives in Gonzales but has been driving to Salinas for every medical appointment.”

Agustina Martinez, South County Resident

“2021 presented incredible challenges with COVID, but we were able to pivot quickly in 2020 and 2021 to ensure we could continue to provide high-quality care in a timely manner, both in person and via telemedicine,” says Molly Heacox, Director of Clinic Services at SVMHS. “Access to high-quality family medicine care remains at the center of our mission for this clinic, and now we can also provide our patients with specialty care and offer the community additional wellness resources on-site.”

In addition to its location being advantageous for patients who don’t have the means to travel to Salinas for care, the Center also offers extended hours so that patients have access to care after business hours or on weekends.

“Community support has brought this clinic to another level, with the expansion of the building and services,” Heacox says. “We value the feedback from patients to ensure we continue to provide what they need most, and we hope to serve even more patients in the South County community as we continue to grow.”

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