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History

Western Sierra started in 1975, when community-minded volunteers opened a clinic in Downieville to serve the small town’s residents and tourists visiting the region. In 1986, Dr. Dee Hawkins founded Miners Clinic, committed to providing first-rate health care to low-income residents and others without access to outpatient health services in Nevada County.

The two clinics, which shared a common goal of community-focused health care, merged in January 2010.

Western Sierra offers high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care and continues to expand its specialties to meet the needs of the region’s residents, regardless of their income or insurance coverage.

Western Sierra’s new 19,000-square-foot clinic in Grass Valley along with the soon-to-open clinic in Penn Valley and expanded mobile clinic services are the latest efforts to ensure our commitment to community-focused health care.