OAKHURST – A staffing shortage temporarily forced Adventist Health to close its medical offices in Oakhurst earlier this week.
The closure began Monday and lasted until midday today, when clinic officials announced that pediatric care — including same-day appointments — had resumed at the Oakhurst facility.
“We apologize for any inconvenience today’s temporary provider shortage is causing our Oakhurst community,” Adventist said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
According to the statement, the Oakhurst clinic will resume regular patient care “for both children and adults” beginning Wednesday at 8 am.
Adventist’s Oakhurst facility, which offers by-appointment and walk-in medical services seven days a week, is located at 48677 Victoria Lane.
Adventist Health/Central Valley Network has been operating in Oakhurst since 2014 when the Roseville-based, not-for-profit healthcare system operator took over the former clinic in town run by Clovis Community Medical Center.
Adventist also runs a second, smaller medical office in Oakhurst located at 49063 Road 426, Suite C and D.
“Because of the provider shortage,” today’s release stated the company will resume regular operations at the Road 426 facility on Thursday morning.
“Staff is on site at both [Oakhurst] locations to help re-schedule appointment and re-route patients while we secure additional provider coverage,” the release stated.
Dr. Daniel Schaffner, who is out this week, is currently the only physician practicing at Adventist’s Oakhurst clinic.
According to Adventist officials, the staff shortage happened after several of the clinic’s key “mid-level” providers — physician assistants and nurse practitioners — became ill and were unable to report to work.
Administrators at the facility said they may try to bring in locums — temporary, traveling healthcare providers — if the staff shortages persist.
Adventist also operates medical offices in Madera Ranchos and Kerman. Hospital officials said Tuesday Oakhurst residents could seek medical care at those facilities if they need to be seen before Wednesday.