Accessibility is a very important when it comes to heart health in the Central Valley. Speaking as the parent of a child with a heart condition, we have had to travel distances far outside our community to receive the services my child needed when she was born. As she has grown into adulthood, many of those same services can and should be more accessible here.
There are many children here who are facing the same issues my daughter faced, having to change from a pediatric cardiologist to adult cardiology treatment. They will endure numerous cardiac procedures that are not offered at Emanuel or Doctors medical centers. As adults their needs are different and the continuing care is constant. We definitely need more accessibility and more cardiologists who can provide procedures right here where we live to ensure that our children have a better chance for a quality lifestyle without restrictions.
Alisa Rodriguez, Modesto