Altura Centers for Health formerly (TCHC) has been providing medical and dental care to the community since 1995. Historically the clinic was formerly owned and operated by Tulare Local Health Care District. It was purchased from Tulare District Hospital (TDH) in July 1998. Altura first became a Federal Qualified Look-A-Like Clinic in 1997 and in 2000 became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and is an FTCA deemed facility. Altura is governed by a committed Volunteer Community Board of Directors which meet once a month and serve on several committees. The majority of the Board of Directors are patients of Altura. Hence, it is a clinic governed by its patients as well as the community. The majority of our providers are contracted with the clinic. This arrangement has enabled us to have many specialists available to our patients. It has resulted in a continuity of providers allowing the patient and provider to build a long-lasting relationship.
Location is one of Tulare’s best assets. The city is situated in the Central San Joaquin Valley along Highway 99, 45 miles south of Fresno and 60 miles north of Bakersfield. Our mid-state location benefits businesses needing same-day access to key California markets as well as residents seeking recreational opportunities in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and the spectacular California coastline to the west.
Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area are less than a 4-hour drive and, in addition to being served by Freeway 99, Tulare is 40 minutes from Interstate 5, which connects California to Oregon and Washington.
The Central Valley is perhaps the most diverse and surprising region in the entire state. You'll discover cities and counties immersed in pioneering civic environmental and technological projects, world-class artistic and cultural facilities, symphonies, theater companies, and museums. You'll find virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation and spectacular scenery: rafting the world-class rapids of the Kern River, hiking the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, scrambling through Red Rock Canyon State Park near Ridgecrest, gazing in wonder at the heads of majestic elk protected at the Tule Elk Natural Reserve.
The Central Valley is as rich in adventures and experiences as it is in agricultural and history. It truly is the "Greater Garden in the World."