HESPERIA — A new medical facility opened last week that is slated to bring a wide variety of services and educational components to town.

The St. Joseph Health, St. Mary’s Hesperia Community Clinic opened last Monday on Main Street, with staff that includes certified nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, registered dieticians, counselors, outreach workers and financial assistance personnel.

Weekly offerings at the clinic include primary care on Monday and Wednesday, prenatal care on Tuesday, diabetes education on Thursday morning and a Nurturing Parenting program on Thursday afternoon.

"Opening the clinic will improve access to health care services in neighborhoods where services are currently limited,” said Laurie Roberts, St. Mary’s director of community health. “Certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, dietitians, mental health counselors and support staff provide a variety of services that focus on mind, body and spirit, with a hope that every individual that comes to the clinic leaves more healed, more whole.”

"As the only nonprofit hospital in the Victor Valley, it is our mission to continually improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve,” said Jude Wagner, St. Mary’s vice president of mission integration. “Bringing these services to our neighbors in their own communities is one way of fulfilling that goal.”

Hesperia City Councilman Paul Russ said the new clinic will be a valuable resource for the people of Hesperia and for those who are focusing on their health.

“It’s a wonderful thing anytime we can get more medical facilities in town,” Russ said. “Hesperia has a large mixture of seniors and young people who really will benefit from the clinic.”

Patricia Robinson, 70, who lives near Sultana High School, said the clinic will be an added benefit for her as she tries to monitor her diabetes, heart condition and several ailments.

“Once you reach my age, going to the doctor or getting checked out becomes an almost monthly routine,” Robinson said.

The St. Joseph Health, St. Mary’s Hesperia Community Clinic is located at 17071 Main St., Suite 100. For more information, call 760-946-8169.

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