Siskiyou County has two medical centers, with a combined total of more than 75 physicians and surgeons and hundreds of other skilled professionals and support staff to serve most of the medical needs of its residents.
Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, a designated Critical Access Hospital, is just minutes away from Weed and offers sophisticated compassionate health care services. Recognized as a national leader in providing “five star” health care, it is dedicated to delivering “world class service.” Twenty five acute-care beds include a labor/delivery/recovery unit, a medical /surgical unit, an ICU. A long term skilled nursing unit accounts for approximately another 30 beds. Mercy is a level III trauma center and a heliport for emergency transport by air ambulance. A new expanded surgical department is nearing completion.
Mercy Mt. Shasta is also the home of the Mercy Regional Cancer Center, sparing patients long distance travel to obtain radiation and chemotherapy. Its wide range of services include state of the art pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory and pathology, blood bank, cardiopulmonary services, physical/occupational and speech therapy — with branches in Weed and Lake Shastina, and hospice care. Radiology/oncology services include MRI, 16-slice CT, mammography/ CAD, nuclear medicine, linear accelerator for cancer treatment, bone density testing and ultrasound. One of most sophisticated and state of the art orthopedics programs in northern California is located there, run by specialists in hip, back, neck, shoulder and knee surgery.
Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka is an acute care facility also within easy driving distance from Weed. It is a Solucient “Top 100” hospital providing high quality, affordable and cost effective care. Patients will find a full range of in- and outpatient services available here, including medical, surgical, obstetric, diagnostic laboratory, pathology and physical therapy services.
Fairchild’s radiology department boasts new digital mammography/ CAD (Computer Aided Detection) and 3-D ultrasound systems as part of the facility’s dedication to early detection of breast cancer and general excellence in women’s health. Live 3-D ultrasound is the latest in the technology and is also used to examine unborn babies.
Both centers have 24-hour emergency rooms.
Other health care facilities
Shasta View Nursing Center is a conveniently located long term care facility near the city center in Weed.
The county also supports six other outpatient physical therapy facilities, several home health care agencies, five assisted living facilities, various community clinics, and agencies serving developmentally disabled clients. Yreka also has a medical supply business for convenient purchase of many items needed by aging, disabled and post surgical patients.
Individual practitioners throughout the county offer a broad spectrum of services:
- Family practice
- Internal medicine
- Mental health
- Physical/occupational and speech therapy
- Orthopedics (with subspecialities in hip, knee, shoulder, back and neck), sports medicine
- Obesity treatment
- Vascular surgery
- General surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Home health care
- Chronic pain management
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Respiratory therapy
- Alternative practitioners, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, etc.
- Medical equipment supply