City to Host Community Roundtables on Local Health Care Options

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By Shawn Raymundo

The public will have a few opportunities this month to hear what regional health care experts, first responders and elected officials have to say about San Clemente’s health care history, as well as options possible to improve local services.

“The City of San Clemente has spent the past several years consulting with experts and doing extensive research to consider the feasibility of operating a hospital in our city,” Mayor Gene James said in the April 4 announcement. “We believe our community will benefit from understanding the City’s past efforts as we initiate a new discussion about local health care options.

This Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m., the city will host a “Meet the Experts” panel on Zoom. Health care experts and representatives from the Orange County Fire Authority, County EMS, University of California, Irvine Health and Hospital Association of Southern California will join Mayor Gene James and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan for a discussion and will answer questions.

The link for the Zoom panel can be found here. The passcode to access Zoom is 040619. The phone number to reach is +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782. The webinar ID is 896 2484 4667.

And on April 23, at 10 a.m., the city has scheduled a community roundtable at the San Clemente Community Center, where community representatives will be on hand to interact with residents who want to share their thoughts on the types of care services of health that their household needs. .

“During this listening session, city staff will facilitate a discussion between community leaders and the public about steps that can be taken to improve health care options, including the possibility of new health care facilities. health,” the city said in its announcement Monday.

The planned roundtables come months after the city completed a survey of residents to gauge public attitudes about local health services and interest in bringing a hospital with emergency services back to San Clemente.

The survey had revealed, among other things, that while 83% of respondents were in favor of the creation of a new hospital, only 57% were in favor of the city using public funds to pay for its construction. In one group of samples, 65% favored building a new hospital on the site of the closed San Clemente Hospital on Camino de los Mares.

The ability to use the old hospital site, however, might be a moot point, as MemorialCare – the owner and former operator of the hospital – recently offered to demolish the derelict building to develop a 6-bedroom residential community. .3 acres for seniors which will include an adjacent health center. MemorialCare submitted an application to the city for its proposal.

In the city’s announcement Monday, City Manager Erik Sund said “the city is excited to facilitate a new conversation with the community to identify and find solutions to local health service gaps.”

“I encourage everyone in the community to participate in these community roundtables to stay informed about this and share their feedback on what would be best for our community moving forward,” Sund added.

Shawn Raymondo
Shawn Raymundo is the editor of Picket Fence Media. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in global studies. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as a government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the US territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.

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