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VMC announces new Wellness Center for Medicare patients

VMC announces new Wellness Center for Medicare patients

visalia – Visalia Medical Clinic now offers The Wellness Center, a program designed just for Medicare patients to help ensure that they receive their free annual preventative care visits.

The Wellness Center is staffed by Jamie Ruddy, a certified physician assistant, and nurse practitioner Juanita Castellano. Together, they offer the annual no-cost wellness visits that include creation of a personalized prevention plan, with the goal of keeping patients healthier and more independent.

“Each patient receives a personalized Health Risk Assessment which will identify risk factors for future health problems,” Castellano said. “We will then develop a screening schedule to monitor the patient’s health going forward, and offer education on health conditions and medications.”

Ruddy noted that Visalia Medical Clinic launched The Wellness Center to ensure “that our Medicare patients can take full advantage of the preventive health services that Medicare provides at no cost.”

Ruddy is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in North Carolina, with a master of health sciences degree and a physician assistant certificate of completion. She completed her undergraduate bachelor of science degrees at Fresno State University.

Castellano, a native of Visalia, earned her associate of science degree at College of the Sequoias and both her bachelor of science, nursing, and her master of science, nursing, degrees from Fresno State University. To make an appointment, call The Wellness Center at 738-7536.

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