Western Sierra started in 1975, when community-minded volunteers opened a clinic in Downieville to serve the small town’s residents and tourists visiting the region.

In 1986, Dr. Dee Dawkins founded Miners Clinic in Nevada County in collaboration with Dr. Jim Chargin and Dr. Scott Kellermann. The physicians committed to providing first-rate health care to people in the region who had no physician or inadequate health insurance, relying instead on the emergency room for their health care.

Miners Clinic served low-income residents and others without access to outpatient health services.

The two health centers, which shared a common goal of community-focused health care, merged in January 2010.

Western Sierra offers high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care and continues to expand its specialties to meet the needs of the region’s residents, regardless of their income or insurance coverage.

Western Sierra’s new 19,000-square-foot health center in Grass Valley along with new health centers in Auburn and Penn Valley, and the soon-to-open facility in Kings Beach-Tahoe, are the latest efforts to ensure our commitment to community-focused, quality health care.