Family practice office to open Wednesday
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
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A family practice office run by Turlock-based Emanuel Medical Center will open Wednesday, April 10, in the True Value shopping center after more than eight months of construction of the almost 4,000-square foot space that houses an X-ray room, offices and six exam rooms.

Dr. Shelle Glover will be the primary-care physician at the office, 1010 W. Las Palmas Ave., Ste. E.

The family practice center, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, will also have a physicians’ assistant and office staff.

The weekday schedule may be expanded or shifted as needed, said Pennie Rorex, Emanuel’s assistant vice president of corporate communication and marketing.

“We’ll see what people’s needs are and then we’ll evaluate the demands,” Rorex said.

Emanuel Medical Center runs a hospital and two clinics in Turlock used by many Patterson patients, so hospital administrators thought having a family practice on the West Side would be a good fit.

Glover grew up in Augusta, Ga., and earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia in 1999. She graduated from the Augusta-based Medical College of Georgia in 2009.

She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana in western Africa and taught high school math in rural North Carolina before becoming interested in tropical diseases and treatment.

After enrolling at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, she earned a master’s degree in public health.

Experience as a laboratory team leader for a HIV research project in Lusaka, Zambia, informed her decision to attend medical school, according to a news release from Emanuel Medical Center.

During medical school, she continued to work overseas on a HIV elective in Mseleni, South Africa, and a women’s health elective in Cuzco, Peru. She also volunteered for six weeks at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta, India.

Glover moved to California in 2009 and completed her family medicine residency and board certification at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez.

“In smaller, rural California communities like Patterson, I feel I am where I belong,” Glover stated in the Emanuel Medical Center release. “There is a higher need here. It will include a lot of the working poor who need medical care. It will be a pleasure to work in Patterson.”

Glover and her husband, Ernie, a South African national, met while vacationing on a beach in Mozambique. They have two children — a 3-year-old son and a 4-month-old daughter.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital. It has a 403-bed multilevel medical campus in Turlock with a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility.

For information: 895-7100.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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