Camarena Health has been serving the Madera County community with affordable healthcare services since opening their first center in 1980. The community-based healthcare provider originally started as a health center for farmworkers and their families in Madera County, and they’ve established themselves as an influential organization among local residents. “We aim to be extremely accessible to people in the community, regardless of insurance,” explains Paulo Soares, Chief Executive Officer. Last year, their collection of health practices saw over 42,000 patients, or approximately one-in-four residents of the county.
As a healthcare provider, Camarena Health’s mission is to continue their growth in order to meet the needs of the community. In 2008, Camarena Health began the search for a new banking relationship with the goal of propelling their business forward and serving more patients. They felt the national bank they were using at the time was too impersonal for their business needs. The team knew they required the expertise of a local bank that could understand their business goals and help health services spread throughout Madera County. They chose Citizens Business Bank.
In the first 30 years of existence, Camarena Health only operated two health centers in the county. However, growth has been exponential over the last decade. Since beginning their relationship with Citizens Business Bank, Camarena Health has expanded their network with 12 new centers.
Paulo expresses his appreciation for Camarena Health’s relationship with Citizens Business Bank, and he eagerly shares how the services are “great assets to have available to us.” A Revolving Line of Credit provides the health system with the flexibility to purchase essential equipment. Real Estate Loans were vital to the addition of a new administration building and also crucial for constructing a new medical campus with a variety of health services for patients and their families. Paulo’s team also worked with the Bank to establish investment accounts through CitizensTrust, which will help to grow and build the organization’s cash reserves. Their objective is to maximize investment returns to ensure the long-term sustainability of the valuable health services they provide. With steadfast support from the Bank, Camarena Health will continue to serve the health needs of Madera County residents well into the future.