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Healthy Choices: Find an Abundance of Wellness Amenities in the Victor Valley

Residents receive high-quality health care in Victorville and the surrounding cities.

By Patsy B. Weiler on January 26, 2023

St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, CA
St. Mary Medical Center

Victor Valley sits amid the beauty of the High Desert and is home to a network of high-quality health systems offering residents comprehensive care and advanced technology.

Located in Apple Valley, Providence St. Mary Medical Center opened in 1956 and is the oldest and largest hospital serving the Victor Valley. Today, the facility has 213 licensed beds, is a top employer providing 1,760 jobs, and annually sees nearly 64,600 emergency department visits.

When time is of the essence, you will find a leading-edge Primary Stroke Center here – the only one in the High Desert area. In May 2022, Healthgrades, a national resource connecting consumers, physicians and health systems, ranked Providence St. Mary third among California hospitals for stroke care and recognized the facility as among the best stroke care locations in the U.S. for the second consecutive year.

“Minutes can significantly impact the outcome of a patient who has suffered a stroke, which makes readily available staff and technology crucial. By offering a robust stroke-care experience, we can provide faster care with expert guidance, knowledge and framework that can lead to a more optimal recovery for the patient,” says Providence St. Mary Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charlie Abraham. “High Desert residents can rest easily knowing they live in proximity to some of the most qualified caregivers and doctors working today.”

A Heart for Service

Since its earliest days, Providence St. Mary has embraced its role in the community. In February 2021, during the pandemic, it opened the first vaccine clinic in the area at Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church in Apple Valley and vaccinated 40,000 people.

Enjoying a Healthy Life

Victor Valley Global Medical Center opened in Victorville in 1967. The 101-bed acute care hospital offers a 24-hour emergency department and is a member of the KPC Health system. Patients are provided a high level of expertise and care, with a focus on helping them enjoy life in great health.

A full range of inpatient and outpatient services includes a cardiac catheterization lab, a full spectrum of radiology and imaging services plus treatment for vascular and orthopedic needs.

Expecting families can find comprehensive maternity care offering childbirth classes, breast-feeding education, postpartum care and more at Victor Valley’s Delivery Land unit. And the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, helps infants born prematurely or experiencing serious medical issues.

Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, CA
Desert Valley Hospital

High Desert Integrated Care

Another medical facility located in Victorville, Desert Valley Hospital, was founded in 1994 and is an innovative 148-bed, acute care hospital, providing patient-centered service. The facility’s state-of-the art Heart Center and Cardiac Care Program tackles heart and vascular disease from prevention and screening to cardiac catheterization and heart surgery, utilizing the latest in research and technology.

The hospital has an integrated relationship with Desert Valley Medical Group. This group of physicians is the largest multispecialty medical group in the area since 1985, with offices throughout southwest San Bernardino County plus walk-in and urgent care locations.

Seniors can get help in better managing their special health needs as they age with the free Senior Preferred Club. Members enjoy savings on cash prescriptions at network pharmacies, VIP parking, free screenings, educational opportunities and more.

Leading-Edge Technology

Kaiser Permanente is a trusted health and wellness name in the area, serving over 75,000 members of their health care plans who live in the High Desert area. It provides high-quality, affordable medical services, disease prevention assistance, education and more.

The group recently opened a 54,000-square-foot building with 30 provider offices in Hesperia with an environmentally friendly design.

Leading-edge technology features include telemedicine capabilities, exam rooms featuring chairs that can detect a patient’s weight and blood pressure, and wall monitors that can be used to access Kaiser’s “interpretive feature” to translate information in more than 150 languages and connect with websites for more patient information.

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