Tuolumne County provides healthcare services responsive to community needs. Area medical services serve a foothill community of approximately 57,000: approximately 20 percent of that population is 65+. Consequently, healthcare services are many and diversified in order to meet the needs of all age groups. Most medical specialties are included in our large physician population.
Sonora Regional Medical Center provides acute-care services for the county. The hospital’s emergency room is staffed with physicians 24 hours a day. There are five walk-in clinics: two in Sonora, one in East Sonora, one in Groveland and one offering services at Tuolumne County Health Department. Rural Indian Health & Dental Clinics are also available.
Long-term care and psychiatric outpatient care are provided by Tuolumne General Medical Facility. A specialized Birth Center and Cancer Center are provided by Sonora Regional Medical Center.
The Family Health and Wellness Center, Dental Clinic, Diagnostic Imaging Center, Wound Care Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation and two skilled-nursing facilities operate under the direction of Sonora Regional Medical Center. Other skilled-nursing services can be procured at Avalon Health Care, which is a freestanding skilled facility for those requiring long-term care.
Adult Day Health Care is available in Sonora. Such a program offers a variety of health, therapeutic and social services to serve the specialized needs of those at risk of being placed in nursing homes. Bus service and a hot meal program are included in the daily cost.
Eight assisted living or residential care facilities are located in the county. Such facilities provide non-medical, out-of-home care to those requiring personal services such as help in bathing and grooming, observation of a confused client and assistance with making and keeping medical and dental appointments. Three specialized Alzheimer’s units in assisted living facilities provide services. Additionally, Avalon Health Care offers a skilled-nursing Alzheimer’s unit.
Home health and hospice services are delivered by Sonora Regional Medical Center to persons needing health services in their homes. There are also two privately owned agencies and services through the Tuolumne County Health Department. In-home supportive services are also available. Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are offered. Medical social work, home health aide services, wound care, ostomy services and even IV infusion therapy can also be obtained.
Services for the developmentally disabled are available under the auspices of Valley Mountain Regional Center, Mother Lode Independent Living Center, WATCH or Thumbs Up. Mental Health services are coordinated by the County of Tuolumne.