Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group Bryan Kawasaki, Public Relations Manager 760-684-0822


HVVMG expanding appointment hours past 5 p.m.

Doctor, family nurse practitioner catering to patients with regimented work schedules

For people working nine-to-five jobs, finding time to schedule a doctor’s appointment is not always easy. Many physicians only see their patients during conventional work hours and taking time off may not be an easy solution. After talking to members, Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group realized the need to create more offset hours to help hard working people. Starting Sept. 5, a doctor and family nurse practitioner at HVVMG’s Barstow clinic will be accepting patients past 5 p.m. to accommodate those with regimented work schedules. Kate Donkor FNP will work 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Dr. Marlon Russell will see patients from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. “As a person who works Monday through Friday, eight to five, I have to take a day to half a day off from work to go see my doctor, so sometimes I don’t go because of this,” Clinic Manager Ronnie Arreola said. “If we have early or later appointments available, I would only have to request a few minutes or maybe no time at all.” Depending on the demand, more HVVMG medical professionals could look to extend their hours to provide more flexibility for members. “If the need is shown by the community and this is reflected by the number of appointments used, we would love to expand the program,” Arreola said. HVVMG is not only looking to accommodate members after the normal work day ends, but before it even starts with appointments starting as early as 7:30 a.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Donkor FNP or Dr. Russell, call 760-256-1777.


Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group (HVVMG) offers its members award-winning coordinated care with a speedy referral system. HVVMG has 45 primary care physicians and a panel of two hundred medical specialists across Southern California’s High Desert, as well as the mountain communities and now in Upland. HVVMG has a locally based members service team and is dedicated to a spirit of excellence. HVVMG is part of the Heritage Provider Network.