Camarena Health, formerly El Concilio De Madera, incorporated in 1978 and opened its doors in September of 1980 in a renovated facility with a modest practice of 1,500 medical patients. In the beginning, our services consisted of primary health care and health education for perinatal patients.

Over the last 30-plus years we have grown to become one of the largest local community-based health care providers, offering both medical and dental services to over 27,000 patients in five state of the art facilities.

During our first year of operation, we saw 1,500 patients with a total of 4,400 encounters. By 2002 we provided 53,860 encounters to more than 14,000 registered patients and in 2012 the center provided 127,036 encounters to more than 27,269 patients.

A brief history of Camarena Health

  • 1980

    In September the doors opened for the first Community Health Center in Madera to provide basic primary care, women’s services and health education to Madera’s underserved farm-working communities. The first Health Center was know as El Concilio de Madera and shortly after the doors opened added Madera Family Health to the name. Our first health center was in a building that was a lease facility located at 16943 Road 26 in Madera.

  • 1982

    The Board of Directors approved the purchase of a building centrally located in Madera for a new health center site. The new facility was remodeled and doors opened March 1984.

  • 1986

    Due to growing medical demand, we opened our “B” Street Perinatal Clinic/Administration Complex.

  • 1992

    Camarena Health leased to allow the relocation of Women’s Center just a short walk away and Urgent Care opened for same day care.

  • 1993

    Madera Family Health Center changed its name to Darin M. Camarena Health Centers, Inc. Read Darin’s Story.

  • 2000

    Darin M. Camarena Health Centers, Inc. (DMCHC) was recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) for exemplary performance in medical teamwork. DMCHC was ranked first in the State of California and first in the nation for medical productivity among federally funded health centers. To this day, Camarena prides itself on providing a high degree of professionalism at all employee levels.

  • 2001

    The Board of Directors and our staff completed a five-year, $2 million-plus community plan and began offering dental services.

  • 2003

    Camarena Health implemented electronic health records, one of the first community health centers and primary medical providers to do so nationwide.

  • 2005

    DMCHC opened services in the city of Chowchilla, 18 miles north of Madera.
    This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n)

  • 2011

    Camarena Health expanded primary care services with the opening of its third office in Madera, CA. It is located at 505 E. Almond Ave., Madera, CA 93637

  • 2012

    Continued growth in Madera County spurred the opening of a new health care facility in Oakhurst, CA. A newly renovated office offering primary care services is located at 49169 Rd. 426, Oakhurst, CA 93644.

    Camarena broke ground on a new 16,000 s/f building located at 124 S. A Street, Madera, CA 93638. This building was funded by a $4.8 Million building grant under the Affordability Care Act.

  • 2015

    Camarena Health Celebrates 35 Years of serving the communities of Madera County!