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Western Sierra expands services
Penn Valley’s new clinic fifth for local health-care provider

Western Sierra Medical Clinic continues to spread its outreach in the area with the addition of a new facility in Penn Valley.

The clinic, which opened Feb. 21, has five employees – medical provider, dentist, registered dental assistant, medical assistant and receptionist – at a recently renovated 3,650-square-foot building at 10544 Spenceville Road, across the street from the Fire Station.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, providing medical and dental services for 1,500 Penn Valley-area residents who already receive care at Western Sierra’s primary health center in Grass Valley.

“We’re excited to fulfill our long-term plan to bring health care to Penn Valley,” Western Sierra CEO Scott McFarland said. “The health center allows us to provide many of the community’s health-care needs closer to home, a critical issue since many of our patients in Penn Valley are seniors.”

The health center is several miles from Lake Wildwood, a senior community. Several other senior communities are within walking distance of the health center, which also specializes in pediatric dentistry.

“The health center is in the heart of the community, and we want to be the choice for Penn Valley residents who are looking for quality care,” Dr. Heather Lucas-Ross, chief medical officer of Western Sierra, said. “The health center will open with medical and dental, but we are always assessing needs and exploring how to expand services in the future.”

Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston, who represents the Penn Valley area, said the new health center will help meet an important need in the community.

“Health care is vital to the well-being of the community,” he said. “Many people, especially seniors, don’t have transportation and have a difficult time getting to their medical and dental appointments.”

Western Sierra is the largest outpatient provider in the region, with more than 20,000 patients. The medical provider has clinics in Grass Valley and Penn Valley in Nevada County, Downieville in Sierra County and Auburn in Placer County. A Kings Beach health center at Tahoe is expected to open in the next few months.

For more information about Western Sierra, visit wsmcmed.org or facebook.com/WesternSierraMedicalClinic.
Dr. Heather Lucas-Ross, Chief Medical Officer of Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston (right) and Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce President Mike Mastrodonato stand near two of the three dental offices at the new Penn Valley health center, which opened on Feb. 21.