Read on to learn why so many families are choosing to make their home here.
Why California’s Heartland is one of the Best Places to Live
Nestled between the Sierra Nevadas and the San Francisco bay is the Central Valley—a bountiful landscape that produces more than half of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts grown in the whole United States. This breadbasket of the state is home to many things: breathtaking coastline vistas, the freshest produce in the state, and, of course, Golden Valley Health Centers.
Our health centers are located in the heart of California. We’ve taken root throughout the Merced and Stanislaus counties in the Central Valley, and service everyone from small communities like Planada to the larger communities like Modesto.
Merced itself means “Grace” or “Favor” and offers a cozy, college town feel. The city is home to the newest University of California, UC Merced. It’s a mixture of a rural and a growing, urban community.
Merced is known as “The Gateway to Yosemite” because Yosemite is right up the hill. Do you love hiking or river rafting? How about fishing or skiing? It’s all nearby for you to enjoy.
In the Central Valley of California, you’ll find low cost housing, low cost of living, and a high quality of life. And right in Merced, the downtown is beginning to thrive with Art Hops, live theater at the Playhouse Merced, and historic sites like the Castle Air Force Museum where you can check out jets, airplanes, and memorabilia from as far back as World War II. Or take the family to the Challenger Learning Center, where kids can experience flight simulations, rocket launches, and a science museum.
GVHC is located at the very center of California—so you can love where you live and where you work.
Want to be on a successful team
that changes lives?
We’re a focused, multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, trained staff, skilled leaders, and volunteers with one common purpose—
To be the premiere health care organization in the nation by developing exceptional teams and providing exceptional experiences to every person we serve.
At Golden Valley Health Centers, we know that the best way to provide exceptional healthcare services for our patients is to find and keep excellent doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, behavioral health clinicians, and professional staff.
We’re always eager to meet bright and dedicated individuals to join our teams in Ceres, Dos Palos, Gustine, Newman, Le Grand, Los Banos, Merced, Modesto, Patterson, Planada, Turlock, and Westley.
What our Providers Say about the Best Place to live and work:
I have had the joy of working for GVHC for over 30 years, and have learned to understand and admire people from many different cultures and backgrounds. Experiencing Mexican empanadas, Punjabi pastries, and wearing kurtas from India and Pakistan are samples of the wealth of cultural experience here. I have written insulin doses in Chinese characters for elders who did not understand Arabic numerals. And the challenge and privilege of taking a healing journey with my patients toward their better health just never grows old.
Working at GVHC has given me the ability to live in a “big city that thinks it’s a small town”. I have the ability to live in a great climate without snow nor humidity – but don’t have to deal with the Bay Area or Southern California housing prices nor traffic. You are close enough to the Bay area to be able to take a weekend trip to see a play or the Giants game, or go up to the foothills and see the snow.
Golden Valley Health Centers allows flexibility in order to be able to spend quality time with your family and loved ones while still having a fulfilling career as a physician. You can serve the most grateful, caring population who truly need and appreciate the care you give.
It is an honor for me to work for the underserved population. It is such a humbling experience. I, myself came from a poor family, from a third world country. For me working in Golden Valley Health Centers is like serving and taking care of my own people. I know where they are coming from. Also, I may have a challenging role right now but I take pride in serving them and in making a difference.
I love working at GVHC because of the opportunity of providing quality care to the underserved population. Working here for the past 13 years did not only give me the opportunity for personal and professional growth but had given me the chance to be a part of its mission and vision.