Health & wellness care

Just what the doctor ordered

Enloe Health System operates two urgent-care clinics, one in north Chico and this one in east Chico’s California Park neighborhood.

Enloe Health System operates two urgent-care clinics, one in north Chico and this one in east Chico’s California Park neighborhood.

Chico is the health-care center of its region. In addition to its excellent hospital, Enloe Medical Center, with a staff of more than 2,200 people, the town boasts more than 200 physicians/surgeons, around 70 dentists, 20 optometrists, 17 chiropractors and seven life-support/paramedic vehicles. There are also numerous primary- and urgent-care clinics, including at least two that welcome Medi-Cal clients.

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.

For a complete list of low-cost and no-cost services, see


Enloe Medical Center—Esplanade
Fifth Avenue and The Esplanade, 332-7300.
Enloe Medical Center, a subsidiary of Enloe Health System, has several facilities located throughout Chico. The main hospital is a full-service hospital and level II trauma center that also 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 about to begin a major expansion.

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

Enloe Cancer Center
265 Cohasset Road, 332-7407.
This 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., 332-6105.
This inpatient facility offers full-service inpatient rehabilitation care for those recovering from severe injuries.


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 Road, 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.

Chico Family Health Center
680 Cohasset Road, 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, 342-8367.
Family planning and abortion services.

Women’s Health Specialists
1469 Humboldt Road, Suite 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: 897-100.

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 for breast cancer early detection, HIV, hepatitis C, birth control and immunizations.