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Downtown Health Center One Step Closer

County Groundbreaking Marks Major Milestone
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Today, County of Santa Clara officials broke ground for a new downtown health center that will provide San Jose residents a state-of-the-art facility which will offer both primary care and urgent care services. The downtown San Jose community lost access to these medical services when San Jose Medical Center closed in 2004.
 
“The groundbreaking of the downtown clinic has been years in the making,” said President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “It has required a tremendous amount of planning and coordination. The hard work of County staff and our community partners is to be credited.”
 
The three-story, 60,000 square foot facility will be operated in partnership with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Gardner Family Health Network.  The new downtown health center will start taking patients in early 2016. 
 
“Once completed, this facility will help restore the balance of medical services in the downtown region that was lost with the closing of San Jose Medical Center,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.  “We should all be proud of our hard work and focus to meet the medical needs of the whole community.”
The clinic will include an urgent care center for both adults and children, as well as pediatric, OBGYN, behavioral health, and family medicine primary care services.
 
The health center also will include space for the County’s innovative “Medical Homes” model—an integrated, patient-centric approach to healthcare that brings together interdisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, mental health providers, nutritionists, and other health professionals.
 
“Services offered at the Downtown Health Center will improve and expand access to much needed primary health care services for the downtown community and for those who were previously unable to access care,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.
While the new health clinic is being built, the County is contracting with community partner Gardner Family Health Network to operate a temporary health center in the Mediplex Building on the site. The temporary health center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The location has plenty of parking and is easily accessible through public transportation such as VTA.
“Thanks to the voters who supported the 2008 Measure A we are celebrating a momentous occasion,” commented Chris Wilder, Executive Director of the VMC Foundation. “The voters got this started, and along with the downtown community, the Board of Supervisors and other partners, critical health care services will be restored to downtown San Jose.”
Reymundo Espinoza, CEO, Gardner Family Health Network and Rosylin Dean, member of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital and longtime healthcare activist also made remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.
 
BACKGROUND
The new downtown health center, to be located on the site of the old San Jose Medical Center, culminates nearly a decade of community support to improve health services in the downtown core of San Jose. As part of the 2008 Measure A, nearly $50 million in public funds have been allocated to construct the new facility on the site of the old San Jose Medical Center, which closed in 2004.  The health center will be jointly operated by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) and Gardner Family Health Network.  The tax-payer funded project is expected to be completed 2015.
 
The 3-story facility will include an urgent care center for both adults and children, as well as pediatric, OBGYN, behavioral health, and family medicine primary care services.   The health center will also include space for SCVMC’s innovative “Medical Homes” model, an integrated, patient-centric approach to healthcare that brings together interdisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, mental health providers, nutritionists, and other health professionals. SCVMC has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to implement medical homes, as evidence suggests they can improve patient health, reduce the risk of hospitalization and make more efficient use of resources.

 

 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Joy Alexiou Health & Hospital System, (408) 885-4164
Posted: May 31, 2013