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State to pay families to eat fresh fruits, veggies

@TheSunGazette sacramento – State and local governments will begin paying families to eat fresh. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help low-income Californians purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at certified farmers’ markets. The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant will […]

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Free seminars ‘Key’ to navigating retirement

By Gerald Carroll Special to Sun-Gazette visalia – Retirement is an uncharted phase of life for everyone, and even those who think they have it all figured out may find navigating the health care system to be the most treacherous part of their new journey. For instance, what is the difference in Medicare? When do […]

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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 […]

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Sierra View offers non-invasive kidney stone procedure

By Kent Sorrells, PhD. Sierra View Local Health Care District Board Chairman porterville – Across the nation, over half a million people suffer the pain and helplessness that come with having kidney stones each year according to the National Kidney Foundation. Fortunately for valley residents, a new procedure has been developed by Gerhard Fuchs, M.D. […]

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Exeter medical office welcomes home new physical therapist

@TheSunGazette exeter – There is one chief complaint that seems to surround Valley businesses, finding the right person for the job. Businesses can spend months searching and interviewing candidates to no avail. But sometimes things turn right around. For one regular columnist in this paper, Josh Vance with Vance Physical Therapy and Wellness, a well […]

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‘Visalia Medical’ team selects new cardiologist

@TheSunGazette visalia – Reza Rafie, MD, has joined Visalia Medical Clinic and is now seeing patients at the Tulare Cardiology Center. The son of a cardiologist, Dr. Rafie wanted to be a cardiologist because he enjoys the role of reasoning, logic and math in the medical specialty, and the way his father respected his patients […]

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New PA joins ‘Family’ at Visalia health center

@TheSunGazette visalia – Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) is pleased to announce the addition of William B. Sharp, PA-C to its provider team. Sharp is now offering services in Family Medicine in the community of Visalia. William B. Sharp completed his Physician Assistant Program at Bethel University in Paris, Tennessee and received his Bachelor of Science […]

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Higher level of stroke care earns Kaweah Delta national recognition

@TheSunGazette visalia – Having a stroke is a scary time in a person’s life. They are unsure what to do, what they will be able to do if they survive, and recovery treatment often times involves months of physical therapy and diligent care. But people who are having a stroke or a “mini stroke” are […]

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KDDH saves lives, cost with diabetes treatment

@TheSunGazette visalia – At 13.2%, nowhere in California is the prevalence of diabetes higher than Tulare County and no hospital knows the challenge of diabetes more than Kaweah Delta Medical Center. With 30 to 40 percent of all hospitalized patients requiring insulin therapy, not just those with diabetes, the common problem of insulin mismanagement has […]

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