Central Valley Life
The wide open spaces of California’s Central Valley are vast and beautiful.
Read on to learn why so many families are choosing to make their home here,
and why Golden Valley Health Centers is a great place to work

About Living and Working in the Central Valley:

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.

Slower Pace of Life 

Spend more time at home or with your loved ones and less time stuck on the freeway. With easy commutes, wide open spaces,  and lush agriculture, you will love moving at a slower pace in the Central Valley. 

Left Photo: Nearby Yosemite Falls

Lower Cost of Living

Compared to most other Places in California, The Central Valley enjoys a lower cost of living and affordable housing market. 

Rich Local Culture

Home to many of California’s finest museums and galleries, the Central Valley offers a wide variety of entertainment, local food, festivals, events and attractions to keep you busy. 


With over 260 days of Sun per year, you will never run short on Vitamin D! The Central Valley is a bright and sunny place to live with a Dry climate. You will enjoy the mild winters. 


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Find out if Golden Valley Health Centers is the right place to work.

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Find out about our Competitive compensation and terrific benefits.

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Learn more about what makes Merced a great place to work and live.

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What our Providers Say about the Best Place to live and work:

Dave Simenson, MD
Merced Suites Clinic
Family Practice

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.

Danielle Myers, MD
Modesto Robertson Road Clinic
Family Practice

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. 

Jeremy Sy, FNP
Merced Prompt Care Clinic
Family Practice

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.

Elaine Soriano, MD
Regional Medical Director, Stanislaus County

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.


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