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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Makes History for Local Medicine

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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley has received accreditation for a new Family Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with UC Davis. This announcement comes after years of hard work. In 2016 AHUV was approved as an official teaching hospital. In February 2018, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education conducted a site visit of the AHUV campus, reviewing specifics of the program itself. The site visit proved successful and AHUV will officially be welcoming medical residents in 2019. 

The process for accreditation was extensive and required the support of our local community. The community group Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) has worked diligently alongside AHUV to raise funds for the Family Medicine Residency Program. FMEMC hosts the annual Rural Health Rocks concert, donating proceeds to the residency program. Just last week FMEMC presented a $32,000 check to AHUV’s Family Residency Program. 
 
“After years of preparation our vision has come to pass. The Family Residency Program situates Mendocino County as a leader in rural healthcare.” Mimi Doohan, MD. In recent years, rural communities throughout the country, including Mendocino County, have faced a primary care shortage including family medicine providers. This program will bring highly qualified medical school graduates to Mendocino County. A Robert Graham Center study showed that over 50% of graduates in the medical field practice within 100 miles of their residency training. With a long-term focus this means an increase in Family Medicine physicians throughout Mendocino County. With an increase of physicians our community members will have more access to quality care. 
 
The Family Medicine Program is a big step for healthcare in Mendocino County.  Not only does this program increase access to care, but it has economic and social benefits as well. Studies show that a family physician positively impacts a local economy by $1,000,000 per year, per physician. Family physicians generate significant economic activity as they provide employment for support staff, purchase goods and services and generate other health care income for hospitals and nursing homes. This program has inordinate potential to affect positive change in Mendocino County.

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Visit AdventistHealth.org for more information.