Community Health

St. Mary Medical Center's Community Health Department promotes health and well-being by providing services in five local High Desert communities. Programs are designed to ensure access to health care for all persons, especially those who are low income and uninsured. Services provided offer a holistic approach to healthcare with emphasis on body, mind and spirit. Medical care, preventive exams, counseling, health education and referrals to additional community resources are available at all locations based on each individual's needs.

Services include:

  • Prenatal care by Healthy Beginnings Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Mobile Health Services offering primary health care for low income, uninsured adults and children
  • Cancer Detection Program for women
  • Counseling
  • Health education including childbirth preparation, parenting and infant feeding/attachment classes
  • Bridges for Families case management program for families with children age 0 to 5
  • Passports to a Healthier Lifestyle Incentive Program
  • Children's Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Mommy and Me Lactation Support
  • Maternity Tour

Location

18077 Outer Hwy. 18 South, Suite 100
Apple Valley, CA 92307
760-946-8169
(On the south side of Highway 18, approximately 1/4 mile west of Kasota Road.)

Community Health Services

  • Breastfeeding and Infant Attachment

    Got Mom's Milk? is a one-session class for women interested in learning more about optimal nutrition for newborns and breastfeeding. Some topics include advantages of breastfeeding, practical tips for successful breastfeeding, how to promote early infant bonding, infant development and taking care of yourself and your newborn after delivery.

    Pre-registration required.
    Cost: $10 Per Couple

    For more information, please call 760-946-4241.

  • Bridges for Families

    Bridges for Families, sponsored by St. Mary Medical Center’s Community Health Department and First 5 San Bernardino, is a program designed to help parents develop the necessary skills for raising healthy children. The program provides resources for emergency housing, food and family counseling. Our bilingual staff, speaking English and Spanish, provides services including information and referrals, family assessments, parent education, family visits, parent support and counseling, interpretation assistance and non-emergency transportation.

    Our program assists you and your family with four key elements:

    • Meeting your family's basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter and safety.
    • Ensuring access to medical services, including children's development screening and health insurance enrollment.
    • Parental support with parenting classes and counseling.
    • Ensuring adequate nutrition and childhood obesity prevention.

    Contact Us

    Community Health Center
    St. Mary Medical Center
    18077 Outer Hwy. 18, Suite 100
    Apple Valley, CA 92307
    760-946-4241
    (On the south side of Highway 18, approximately 1/4 mile west of Kasota Road)

  • Childbirth Preparation Classes

    Ready or not, this series of 4 classes will help you prepare for your baby's big arrival. Topics covered include Stages of Labor, Pain Management, Breathing and Relaxation, and Caring for Yourself and Your Infant. Plan to attend during your 8th month of pregnancy.

    There is an all day Saturday class available.

    Pre-registration required.
    Cost: $60 per couple.

    For more information, please call 760-946-4241.


  • Healthy Beginnings

    Healthy Beginnings offers a holistic approach toward pregnancy and provides enhanced services for eligible pregnant and postpartum women. It is a contracted Medi-Cal program. One of our primary goals is to ensure women receive prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy. Staff members take extra steps to encourage women in the program by elevating their self-esteem and empowering them with knowledge of self-care, childbirth education and community resources.

    Services include:

    • Prenatal care
    • Counseling services
    • 24-hour on-call emergency aid
    • Health education
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Weight management
    • Postpartum care
    • Mother-baby assessment
    • Community referrals
    • Healthy Families and Medi-Cal insurance assistance

    A diverse health care team supports moms, babies and families through the pregnancy and beyond. Certified nurse midwives provide patients with personal, family-centered care during pregnancy, delivery and the post-delivery period. Clinical social workers help patients and family members better understand and cope with any problem or stressor, as well as individual, marital, couples and group supportive counseling during prenatal care. Nurses and health workers educate and support patients and their families. Healthy Families outreach workers assist families in obtaining health insurance. Clerical staff schedule appointments and help with any questions regarding health insurance or billing.

    Helping others feel worthwhile is the inspiration that elevates this program. To learn more, visit our community education section.

    For more information about the Healthy Beginnings program, please call 760-946-8169.

    Maternity Services

    At St. Mary Medical Center we know that the birth of a baby is one of life's most precious miracles. Our team of specially trained nurses and health care workers know the importance of offering personalized care, which is why our staff strives to accommodate any specific preferences you might have during your stay with us.

    Maternity Tours

    Maternity tours help to familiarize parents-to-be with the labor and delivery department. During the tours, we answer questions about the birthing process and introduce our specialized team of OB nurses. Our goal is to help relieve any anxiety by providing a complete picture of the events surrounding childbirth.

    For further information or to register for a maternity tour, please call 760-946-4241. The maternity tour is no charge and pre-registration is required.

    Childbirth Preparation Classes

    Preparing for childbirth comes long before being admitted to the hospital, which is why St. Mary Medical Center offers childbirth classes every month for parents-to-be. Classes include childbirth options, parenting, breastfeeding and an overview of the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy. Topics covered include stages of labor, pain management, breathing and relaxation, and caring for your infant. To learn more, visit our community education section.

    For further information or registration regarding childbirth education classes, please call 760-946-4241.

    Mother-Baby Assessment Clinic

    The Mother/Baby Assessment Center, with its dedicated office space, examination room and maternal child registered nurse, evaluates the well-being of mother and baby during what is considered the most critical phase after childbirth—the first few days a woman is home with her new child and is no longer surrounded by the support of a hospital staff. It is our intent to answer questions during the first week when reality hits, as well as to identify any medical complications early-on. This program, with its focus on prevention and education, is intended to catch postpartum problems early and eliminate unnecessary consequences that could result in re-hospitalization of mother or baby. To learn more, visit our community education section.

    For further information, please call 760-242-2311 ext. 8443.

    Pediatric Services

    St. Mary Medical Center's family-centered pediatric care allows for parental and sibling involvement in the young patient's daily activities. Our specially trained physicians and nurses provide tender and affectionate attention to each child's needs.

    Well Woman Program

    With goals to increase access to health care for uninsured women and to detect cancers early, St. Mary Medical Center's Community Health Department continues to offer its Well Woman Program at stationary clinics in Apple Valley and Adelanto, as well as from its Bright Futures mobile van.

    Funded in part by San Bernardino County's Cancer Detection Program, staff members work together to meet and develop coordinated resources for women's breast and cervical care in local communities. To learn more, visit our community education section.

    For more information regarding the Well Woman Program, please call 760-946-4240.

    Contact Us

    Apple Valley
    Community Health Clinic
    18077 Outer Highway 18, Ste. 100
    Apple Valley, CA
    760-242-2311 ext. 8223
    Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Adelanto
    Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Clinic
    11424 Chamberlain, Suite 8
    760-946-8169
    Please call for availability

    Hesperia
    Community Health Clinic
    17071 Main Street, St. 100
    760-956-7714
    Please call for availability

  • Mommy and Me

    "Mommy and Me" is a Community Benefit Program offered by St. Joseph Health, St. Mary to all mothers and newborn babies residing in the High Desert area. Two or three days after discharge from the hospital, a registered nurse is available to review your recovery, and weigh and check your baby. We will answer your infant care, infant nutrition, and recovery questions, as well as guide you in caring for your newborn.

    We offer reassurance of normal recovery and provide a place of support for new moms. This follow-up visit is a complimentary community service provided by St. Mary Medical Center. "Mommy and Me" does not take the place of your follow-up appointments with your physician or nurse-midwife, nor does it replace your infant's "well-baby" checkup with the pediatrician.

    St. Mary Medical Center works to promote, support, and protect breastfeeding by striving to implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the UNICEF & World Health Organization Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

    Baby friendly hospital initiative

    Location services are availability

    Please call 760-217-5971 to speak to a location consultant and schedule an appointment.
    OR

    16051 Kasota Road in Apple Valley, Ca

    Consults Available by appointment only.
    Phone consultation hours are: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    M.O.M.S. (Mothers Offering Mothers Support)

    A support group for both breast - and bottle-fed infants, which meets the first and third Fridays of each month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in our Apple Valley Community Health Center. No appointment is necessary.

    All mothers of babies (ages 3 weeks to 6 months) are welcome to join our M.O.M.S. group! Meet and connect with other moms, babies and St. Mary staff. It's a great place for a discussion on infant and self-care, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition, and to learn about milestones and track your baby's development. For more information, call 760-242-2311ext. 8443.

  • Parenting Classes

    Learn the art of non-violent discipline and how to spend quality time with your children. STEPS is a series of 7 classes offered once a week at various times in 3 local communities. Offered in English and Spanish.

    Pre-registration required.
    No charge. Classes sponsored by First 5 San Bernardino

    For more information, please call 760-242-2311ext. 8223

Welcome to Bright Futures Mobile Health Services

Bright Futures mobile health services is funded through grants from the St. Joseph Health Foundation. Bright Futures Mobile Health Services helps uninsured or low to moderate-income families get health care for adults and children. Our van brings health care services right to your neighborhood.

Apple Valley Main number: 760-946-4240 **CLOSED ALL MAJOR HOLIDAYS**

Mobile Health Services - Eligibility Requirement

  • Uninsured (no insurance coverage)
  • Meet the Federal Poverty Criteria
  • Provide (Must bring copy) proof of income with any of the following:
    • A. A copy of last year's tax return. *If you did not submit a tax return,
    • B. 2 copies of your most recent pay stubs (no older than 45 days) or,
    • C. Statement letter.

Services Available for Adults:

  • Physical Examinations
  • Cancer Screening
  • Evaluation for illness
  • Chronic Disease Management (e.g. Diabetes)
  • Adult immunizations: flu shots, TB screening, Hep B. and Tdap.
  • Health Education & Information
  • Blood Pressure Check

Services Available for Children:

  • Immunizations*
  • Health Education and Information 

*Please bring original immunization record to every visit.

Bright Futures Mobile Van Services Fee Schedule:

  • Immunizations (per visit) - $10.00
  • TB Test - $15.00
  • Adult Hepatitis B / Tap (Pertussis) $30.00 per shot
  • Replacement immunization card - $5.00 per person

Medical care is provided by Nurse Practitioners (NP), Advance Practice Nurses who have completed graduate level education (either a Master's or a Doctoral degree). Nurse Practitioners hold a national board certification in an area of specialty, such as Family or Women's Health and have completed extensive education and training to expand the scope of the Traditional Registered Nurse. Our NPs focus on the whole person (mind, body and spirit) and make patient education a priority.

How to find Bright Futures Mobile Health Services

The mobile van rotates among several community locations throughout the High Desert region of San Bernardino County (Apple Valley, Victorville, Adelanto and Hesperia). Please call for the current schedule, service specific information, or to schedule an appointment:

760-946-4240 **CLOSED ALL MAJOR HOLIDAYS**

Well Women Cancer Detection Program

With a goal to increase access to health care for uninsured women and to detect cancers early, St. Mary Medical Center’s Community Health Department continues to offer its Well Woman Program at stationary clinics in Apple Valley, Adelanto and Hesperia as well as from its Bright Futures mobile van.

Screening exams for breast and cervical cancer are offered at all clinic sites for women without insurance or the ability to pay for services. Our nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwives provide personal and confidential care. Examinations include a breast exam, pap smear and a referral for a mammogram.

Funded in part by San Bernardino County’s Cancer Detection Program, staff members work together to meet and develop coordinated resources for women’s breast and cervical care in local communities.

For more information, call 760-946-4240.

Breast Cancer Survivors
Meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 6 - 7 p.m.
Administrative Services Conference Room
Call 760-242-2311 ext. 8224, for more information.