Health and Wellness

Just what the doctor ordered

The Skyway Surgery Center is part of increasing new development along the Skyway corridor.

The Skyway Surgery Center is part of increasing new development along the Skyway corridor.

Chico is the health-care center of its region. In addition to its hospital, Enloe Medical Center, with a staff of more than 2,100 people, the town boasts more than 200 physicians/surgeons, about 70 dentists, 20 optometrists and at least 30 chiropractors. There are also numerous primary- and urgent-care clinics.Butte County’s Department of Public Health also offers a wide range of services, especially to low-income residents, and there are numerous facilities and specialists devoted to alternative and preventive health care—far too many to list here.

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Enloe Medical Center—Esplanade
Fifth Avenue and The Esplanade, 332-7300, Enloe Medical Center, a subsidiary of Enloe Health System, has several facilities in Chico. The main one is a full-service hospital and level II trauma center that houses the Enloe Heart Program, Enloe FlightCare helicopter ambulance service, and an array of inpatient services including surgery, obstetrics and intensive care. Enloe, the only hospital in Chico, is in the beginning stages of a major expansion.

Enloe Medical Center—Cohasset
560 Cohasset Rd., 332-7300Inpatient behavioral health and prompt care.

Enloe Cancer Center
265 Cohasset Rd., 332-7407This state-of-the art facility, part of Enloe Medical Center, offers almost every aspect of cancer care, including powerful IMRT therapy.

Enloe Rehabilitation Center
340 W. East Ave., 332-6105This inpatient facility offers full-service inpatient rehabilitation care for those recovering from severe injuries.

Skyway Surgery Center
121 Raley Blvd., 898-8619This state -of-the art facility specializes in plastic surgery, orthopedics, and more.


There are many outpatient and urgent-care clinics in Chico. Those listed below welcome Medi-Cal as well as other patients.

Enloe Children’s Health Center
277 Cohasset Rd., 332-6000This well-run pediatric clinic is staffed by RNs and nurse practitioners supervised by doctors affiliated with Enloe Medical Center. All children are welcome, with an emphasis on Medi-Cal patients.

Chico Family Health Center
680 Cohasset Rd., 342-4395Primary health care for families, including internal medicine and pediatrics. All are welcome, including Medi-Cal patients.

Women’s wellness and family planning

Planned Parenthood
556 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-8367Family planning and abortion services.

Women’s Health Specialists
1469 Humboldt Rd., Ste. 200, 891-1911.Women’s wellness, contraception and abortion services.

Women’s Resource Clinic
101 W. Second Ave., 897-6101All services are free and confidential. 24-hour hotline: 897-6100.

Senior care

Network of Care
This Internet-based resource offers not only a vast amount of information about senior services, but also links to numerous other services (for the mentally and physically disabled, for example) in Butte County.

Passages Adult Resource Center
2491 Carmichael Dr., Ste. 400, 898-5923,
Serving seniors, persons with disabilities and caregivers since 1979, Passages offers a wide range of services and information, including advocacy, health insurance counseling, elder abuse prevention and caregiver support.

Public health

Butte County Department of Public Health
695 Oleander Ave., 891-2731,
Offers a wide range of clinics and testing services, including those for breast cancer early detection, HIV, hepatitis C, birth control and immunizations.