Kaweah Delta receives state grant for residency program

VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Health Care District will receive a $1.35 million grant this year that will allow psychiatric residents to train locally, and following graduation, encourage them to work in California’s public mental health system.  

The three-year grant of $450,000 (totaling $1.35 million) is from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). It will allow a faculty psychiatrist to co-locate to the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency facilities and supervise psychiatry residents in Kaweah Delta’s psychiatric residency program as they provide critical mental health services to county patients.  

“We are delighted to receive this grant award from OSHPD,” said Elizabeth Tully, M.D., program director of Kaweah Delta’s new psychiatry program which began in July. “Partnering with Tulare County HHSA will help us all advance access to psychiatric care for the seriously mentally ill in our community. Our residents will benefit from a wide range of learning opportunities in county sites.”  

Kaweah Delta’s psychiatry residency program is one of the district’s three residency programs. The psychiatry residency program’s first class of four resident physicians will graduate in 2018, and will be board eligible adult psychiatrists.  

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District is one of the area’s most progressive healthcare providers. It is the only facility with Magnet status in the San Joaquin Valley serving children and adults and is the only trauma center between Fresno and Bakersfield. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.