Health and wellness

When an apple a day won’t do

Enloe Cancer Center

Enloe Cancer Center

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 250 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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Health-care facilities

Enloe Medical Center—Esplanade
1531 Esplanade, 332-7300,
Enloe Medical Center, a nonprofit organization, has several facilities in Chico. The center offers a full-service hospital and level II trauma center and an array of health services, such as the Enloe Heart Program, Mother & Baby Care Center, Stroke Program, Cancer Center, Enloe FlightCare ambulance helicopter service. The only hospital in Chico, Enloe is in the midst of a major expansion.

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

Enloe Cancer Center
265 Cohasset Rd., 332-3855
This state-of-the art facility offers almost every aspect of cancer care, including powerful IMRT therapy.

Enloe Rehabilitation Center
340 W. East Ave., 332-6138
This facility offers full-service rehabilitation care for those recovering from severe injuries.

Skyway Surgery Center
121 Raley Blvd., 898-8619
This state-of-the art facility specializes in multi-specialty same-day surgery.


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., 332-6000
This 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.

Enloe Outpatient Center
888 Lakeside Village Commons, 332-6800
Same-day surgery, prompt care and outpatient services.

Chico Family Health Center
680 Cohasset Rd., 342-4395
Primary 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., 342-8367
Family 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., 897-6101
All 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. http://butte.networkof

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., 891-2732,
Offers a wide range of clinics and testing services, including those for breast cancer early detection, HIV, hepatitis C, birth control and immunizations.