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Expanding care: St. Joseph Health, St. Mary unveils new urgent care facility

APPLE VALLEY — The New Year will see the opening of a new urgent care treatment facility that will serve patients from across the High Desert region and beyond.

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary High Desert Medical Group unveiled its new St. Mary High Desert Urgent Care Center during a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday. The new two-story, 5,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open Jan. 3.

St. Joseph Health brings community groups together to work on solving High Desert problems

VICTORVILLE — About 100 people from various High Desert nonprofits, churches and community groups gathered at Victorville’s Activities Center on Monday night to learn about the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund’s Intersections Initiative and to form a coalition for change.

Kevin Mahany, director of advocacy and healthy communities for Providence St. Joseph Health, moderated the two-hour-long program, which also reviewed key prevention frameworks and resources to guide strategy and planning for Intersections collaboratives.

Report: California is failing its children

Kevin Mahaney, healthy community director for St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, said several local agencies are working to improve the health of children and youth in the High Desert and throughout San Bernardino County.

“We live in a challenging region, but we have many groups that are fighting for the health, safety and lives of these children,” said Mahaney, who praised the work done by groups like the First 5 California, Apple Valley Unified School District, Community Health Action Network (CHAN), Valley Star Crisis Walk-In Center and several others.

Helpful, healthy advice: Medical experts assist grocery shoppers

APPLE VALLEY — One medical group is planting doctors inside some local grocery stores to help shoppers make healthier food choices and to monitor their health.

In an effort to tackle obesity, cardiovascular disease and other health-related issues, Providence St. Joseph Health’s Southern California Region’s “Shop with Your Doc” project arrived in the High Desert Monday.

Doctor Riad Z. Abdelkarim, the VP and CMO of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary of Apple Valley and Registered Dietitian Debbie Rathbone were at Food-4-Less on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley to visit with shoppers.

“During their visit, the medical duo toured the store and answered shoppers’ health and nutrition questions,” said St. Joseph Health, St. Mary spokesman Randy Bevilacqua. “They also went over food labels, discussed healthy eating options and lifestyles, and offered blood pressure checks.”

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