Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Growth on the horizon in Madera County

In future years, when families start moving into the 30,000 homes planned for construction in southeast Madera County, Community Medical Centers will be there to meet the growing healthcare need.

In keeping with its tradition of long-term, visionary planning, Community has purchased 200 acres at the northeast corner of Highway 41 and Avenue 12 to build an eventual facility in this prime development corridor. The property, purchased from the McCaffrey family, falls within the largest area in the San Joaquin Valley designated for future growth — Madera County’s Rio Mesa Area Plan.
 

Community purchased 200 acres along highway 41 in Madera County, including the iconic “flag barn,” as part of the hospital network’s strategic plans for growth. More than 30,000 homes are expected to be built in this area over the next 30 years.


“Thirty years ago, when we started building Clovis Community, some people thought Temperance and Herndon was ‘in the middle of nowhere.’ But we’ve had to double the size of that hospital and have plans for another expansion,” said Tim Joslin, president and CEO of Community Medical Centers. “Securing property in Madera is smart growth planning and important for meeting the Valley’s future healthcare needs.”
 
REGIONAL CIVIC AND INDUSTRY LEADERS CELEBRATE LAND PURCHASE: From left to right are: Craig Castro, Community’s associate corporate chief operating officer; Max Rodriguez, chairman of Madera County Board of Supervisors; Ash Knowlton, vice president of McCaffrey Homes; Tom Wheeler, Madera County Supervisor District 5; Community CEO Tim Joslin; Karen McCaffrey, vice president of McCaffrey Homes; Brent McCaffrey, president of McCaffrey Homes; Robert McCaffrey, CEO of McCaffrey Homes; Brett Frazier, Madera County Supervisor District 1; David Rogers, Madera County Supervisor District 2; Eric Fleming, Madera County Administrative Officer; and Norm Allinder, Chief of Development Services for Madera County.
History of Visionary Planning
Community’s 120-year history is marked with similar visionary steps – from buying 125 acres of Clovis farmland far outside the city to taking over a busy downtown Fresno street to construct one of the state's finest critical care facilities.

The wisdom of those bold steps is now evident. Clovis Community Medical Center is today a bustling campus where $300 million recently was invested to double capacity. And at Community Regional Medical Center, the massive expansion now houses one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, seeing more than a million patients over the past 10 years.

Community has stepped up to run the county’s only mental health facility, grow our UCSF partnership in pediatric specialty care and build a new state-of-the-art cancer facility — all to expand care for patients in areas where there are great needs. The Madera property purchase puts Community in position to respond when and where healthcare demands rise.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Community is the owner of the flag barn property,” said Robert McCaffrey, CEO of McCaffrey Homes, “because they are just like us. They are visionary thinkers. They are forward planners. They recognize that this is a strategic piece of the puzzle for the Rio Mesa area. And they recognize much of the future growth for this region is going to be north of the (San Joaquin) river.”



Erin Kennedy reported this story. Reach her at CMCnews@communitymedical.org