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Family HealthCare Network opens newest site in Exeter

Family HealthCare Network opens newest site in Exeter

The health center will offer family medicine, pediatrics, chiropractic care and podiatry services

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EXETER – Monday was a new day for what was formerly San Joaquin Prime Care on Pine Street in Exeter.

This is the first week where Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) opened its new Exeter Health Center doors. The health center will offer family medicine, pediatrics, chiropractic care and podiatry services.

The Exeter health center marks the organization’s 35th site, and 30 community health center in Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties. The Exeter health center also includes a provider team familiar to the community. Dr. Stefan Pentschev, Dr. David Sine, Brianna Edwards, NP, Leslee Heuer, NP, Elton Tripp, PA-C, Joanne Beattie, NP, Christopher Orr, DMP, and Michael Lynn, DC will continue to offer care at the location. The health center is accepting current and new patients.

“We are extremely passionate about patient access to care,” said Kerry Hydash, President and CEO of FHCN. “This move means patients will have increased access to care so we see this as a good investment.”

All four SJPC locations will become FHCN sites in the coming months and FHCN is already the third largest federally qualified health center (FQHC) in California and the fifth largest in the nation. Hydash said the conversions will begin in mid-September and take four to five weeks to complete. She said FHCN will keep SJPC’s providers and staff.

“They are bringing a tremendous amount of experience and we expect most of them will be joining us,” Hydash said. “We don’t anticipate needing to add any staff.”

Rev. Larry Taylor said he was glad to hear the staff at SJPC would remain the same, including his doctor, Stefan Pentschev. Taylor said he drives from Visalia to the Exeter office for appointments and that his entire family lists Dr. Pentschev as their primary physician.

“He’s a good doctor and a smart man,” Taylor said.

The Exeter Health Center’s temporary hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule your appointment, or for more information about the new Family HealthCare Network Exeter Health Center, please call 559- 592-2134 or 1-877-960-3426, or visit the website at www.FHCN.org.

About Family HealthCare Network

Family HealthCare Network is a private nonprofit organization that operates 35 sites, 30 of which are federally qualified health centers located throughout Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties. Their mission is to provide quality health care to everyone in the communities we serve. With over 200 clinical providers in their network, they provide access to a wide range of coordinated health services.

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