Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
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Access To Health Care Professionals

Tuolumne County Physician Specialists 2008

Tuolumne County Primary Care Physicians

Tuolumne County Primary Care Physicians
Source(s): Sonora Regional Medical Center Staff Development Plan 2007, updated 2007 with current staffing levels

Why is this important?

Highly technical, highly skilled health care is not valuable to a community unless it is available to the people who need it. The presence and availability of adequate hospitals and practitioners in a community are critical components of health care access.

What is the measure?

We used the numbers of practicing physicians and allied health professionals per capita as measures of access to health care.

How are we doing?

In 2007 our 150-year-old county hospital, Tuolumne General Hospital, closed acute care and emergency room operations. Our hospital services are now provided by one remaining privately owned community hospital, Sonora Regional Medical Center, built in 2004. With this change, the total hospital bed count for the county has decreased from 105 to 84 acute care beds. The decrease in available emergency room space has been partly mitigated by an expansion of urgent care and outpatient clinic services.

Our community is served by 144 practicing physicians and 28 allied health professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinical psychologists. We have a broad array of physician specialties, including 35 primary care physicians (family practice, internal medicine and pediatric), 49 clinical specialists, 41 hospital-based specialists and 19 emergency physicians.

From 2005 to 2008 the number of local primary care physicians remained stable despite some movement of physicians into and out of our communities. With the addition of a pulmonologist, plastic surgeon, general surgeon and vascular surgeon, access to local physician specialists improved.

Community Indicators Project
Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains