Valley Children’s opens new center in Modesto
BY SABRA STAFFORD
Valley Children’s Healthcare officially opened the Pelandale Specialty Care Center in February with an open house that highlighted the facility’s features and options for treating their young patients.
More than 300 people attended, including Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold, Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow, Stanislaus Community Foundation CEO Marian Kaanon, grateful families, community leaders, Valley Children’s representatives and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr.
“Valley Children’s has had the privilege of caring for Stanislaus County families for almost 20 years, with pediatric specialists who work here and who also call this community home,” said Todd Suntrapak, President and CEO of Valley Children’s Healthcare. “The impact of this center on the health of children today and in the future will be significant, allowing us to provide even more of the exceptional medical care families in this region rely on today and will need in the future.”
Pelandale Specialty Care Center currently offers outpatient services in the following pediatric specialties: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Nephrology, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pulmonology and Urology.
“When I lived in Fresno, having my son Dallas under the exceptional care of doctors and nurses just minutes from my home was such a blessing,” said Carr. “My wish is for all families to have that same experience and I’m so happy to be here supporting Valley Children’s.”
The 40,000-square foot facility was made possible by a $33 million investment by Valley Children’s in an ongoing effort to bring their services to more families in the Central Valley. The Pelandale site replaces a smaller facility that was located in McHenry Village in Modesto.
“It is incredibly important for our families to have the convenience of the specialty care they need close to their homes,” said Suntrapak. “Our goal remains to have every single family in our region be within 30 minutes or 30 miles of Valley Children’s specialists. I am incredibly proud of the team here at Pelandale and for the opportunity Valley Children’s has to do even more for kids and families in Stanislaus County.”
The Center made sure to include some features that would appeal to children, like a virtual hot air balloon ride over the town, a spongy play area, a faux rock garden, and a giant metal bobbing giraffe.
In addition to Modesto, Valley Children’s currently has specialty care centers in Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced and Visalia, with one under construction in Fowler (May 2019). Plans are also underway to build new specialty care centers in Visalia and Merced to replace the existing outpatient centers there and an additional center in north Fresno.