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Kaweah Health announces plans to join Sequoia Gateway Project off Highway 99

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  • Written By: Laura Florez-McCusker

VISALIA, CA – On Monday, Kaweah Health announced that it will purchase land in the Sequoia Gateway Commerce Center, a development off Highway 99 in Visalia.

“While this is a hard time for people to see beyond COVID-19, this is a step toward a brighter future for patient care and improving access to medical care for so many in our community,” said Gary Herbst, Kaweah Health's Chief Executive Officer. “This is a very visible and easy to access location that we know will be convenient for patients and improve their experience.”

Kaweah Health is purchasing land in the Sequoia Gateway project, at the corner of Caldwell Avenue and Highway 99, using a portion of the proceeds from its sale of 80 of 100 acres in southeast Visalia last year to Visalia Unified School District. Valley Children’s Hospital, Kaweah Health's long-term partner in providing care to children in its Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatrics units, has previously announced its plans to develop a pediatric specialty care clinic in the Sequoia Gateway development.

Developers have also zoned the project to include a visitor center, gas stations, fast food restaurants, hotels, office space, and retail stores. Developers have said that in its early stages, the Sequoia Gateway project could capture up to 15 percent of the $117 million in uncaptured highway commercial services locally, generating sales tax revenue and jobs.

Kaweah Health is evaluating which medical services will be developed at the location. The hope is that they will not only serve unmet patient needs, but help improve the financial stability of the organization, especially after the losses experienced during the pandemic, Herbst said.

“The hope is that this investment will help us maintain and grow jobs as well as help us stay on stable financial ground,” Herbst said. “We have to think outside the box to generate revenue so that we can continue to care for our community. We have done that through the establishment of our clinics, and we continue to develop opportunities.”

In early 2021, Kaweah Health will open its new multi-specialty care clinic in Tulare. The 11,000-square-foot clinic will be located in the former IRS building at the corner of Prosperity Avenue and Mooney Boulevard. The new clinic will bring primary care, walk-in, behavioral health, and specialty physician services closer to the people of Tulare. Patients of the new clinic will have the choice between scheduled appointments and walk-in services, seven days a week including evenings. Physicians and other providers will offer primary care and specialty services such as pediatrics, cardiology, orthopedics, diabetes care, surgery, mental health, and urology. The physicians will care for patients at Kaweah Health Medical Center, Sierra View Medical Center, and Adventist Health Tulare. All patients will be accepted at the new clinic, regardless of insurance coverage.