Tuesday, Oct 29 2013 06:00 AM

Tehachapi Family Health Centers contract with new physician

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Dr. Maria DeLima

Dr. Maria DeLima has recently contracted with the Tehachapi Family Health Centers to provide primary care services to the Tehachapi, Mojave and California City communities.

She previously worked as the medical director of high risk, chronic disease management, transplant, and palliative care programs at High Desert Medical Group and as Associate Medical Director for Hoffmann Hospice in Palmdale. She served in the U.S. Navy as a physician, both domestic and abroad, where her administrative duties included heading the Physician's Excellence Committee, Infection Control, and Disaster Preparedness, among other duties.

In addition to providing excellent patient care to our community, DeLima will be assisting Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District to recruit additional providers to the area, thus improving access for patients in our outlying areas. She is a gifted administrator, and hopes to impact both quality and performance of the rural health clinics. We are excited to have her and welcome her as the newest member of the healthcare team. To schedule an appointment with Dr. DeLima, call any of the Family Health Centers: Tehachapi, 823-7070; Mojave, 824-4511; California City, 760-373-1785.

The clinics accept several insurance plans, including those from Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kern Health Systems, Medicare, Medi-Cal, all PPO plans, auto coverage with authorization from insurance, work comp claims with authorization from the insurance, Cigna, and Tricare for Life.

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