Adventist Health made its start in the central San Joaquin Valley with the construction of Hanford Community Medical Center in Hanford in 1965.
The hospital expanded over the years to accommodate the growing community’s needs, adding thousands of square feet and building the three-story Kerr Outpatient Center.
In 1998, Adventist Health’s growth in the Valley surged with the purchase of Central Valley General Hospital, formerly called Sacred Heart Hospital, in Hanford. A year later, Adventist Health purchased Selma Community Hospital about 15 miles north of Hanford.
Central Valley General Hospital and Selma Community Hospital also began opening rural health clinics to improve rural patients’ access to health care in the region.
In 2005, the hospital licenses of Hanford Community and Selma Community were combined, and Central Valley General Hospital took over the Selma Community clinics to consolidate operations among the three hospitals in an effort to improve access, quality and strength.
Hanford Community and many departments at Central Valley General Hospital moved into the new Adventist Medical Center – Hanford on December 5, 2010. Central Valley General Hospital now houses obstetrics and birthing services, and Hanford emergency services are consolidated at Adventist Medical Center – Hanford.
The name of Selma Community Hospital was changed in 2011 to Adventist Medical Center – Selma, to reflect the shared license with Adventist Medical Center – Hanford, the unity of Adventist Health services throughout the Valley and the hospital’s emerging role as a regional health care resource.
The Central Valley Network now offers 18 Community Care clinic sites in Kings County, southern Fresno County and northern Tulare County as well as physical therapy centers, a Sleep Apnea Center and many other services in the 2,500-square-mile region.
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