Today, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors directed County staff to begin the planning, design, and construction of the new Downtown San Jose Medical Clinic. The County will take existing plans for Valley Health Center (VHC) Milpitas and adapt them for the new, 60,000-square-foot clinic to be built on the Southeast corner of the old San Jose Medical Center site. The Board’s action today also approved using the $50 million from 2008’s Measure A which was designated for construction of health facilities in the downtown area.
“A modern and well functioning clinic has been needed in the downtown core for quite a while,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, Chair of the Board’s Health and Hospital Committee. “We are excited about the new clinic project moving forward, and in the meantime, the Mediplex Building will be used to provide healthcare services.”
The Downtown San Jose Medical Clinic is expected to open in approximately four to five years. To address the health needs in the downtown area until the permanent clinic opens, the County will contract with Gardner Family Health Care to operate a temporary clinic in the Mediplex Building, located at 725 East Santa Clara Street, beginning July 1, 2011.
“We have heard loud and clear what the downtown community needs and are working hard to ensure that medical services will be available next year while the permanent clinic is being built,” said Supervisor George Shirakawa, District 2.
The County is approaching the site with a long-term plan for meeting the needs of the downtown area, and future expansion of health services. While the planning is in the conceptual stage, the clinic would include:
- One third of the building would be dedicated to ancillary support (pharmacy, phlebotomy and radiology) and the Public Health WIC program (Women, Infants and Children).
- One third of the building would be allocated to clinic services when the clinic opens. This would include the Gardner Family Health operation and potentially an urgent care function that would be operated by Valley medical Center; and
- One third of the building would be dedicated for future growth and moving services from the SCVMC campus.
“We’ve looked at the site in a staged manner,” said Jeffrey V. Smith, County Executive. “Our goal is to put a clinic on site as soon as possible while developing a state-of-the-art facility to address the community’s needs, and over the long term, alleviate some of the demand for VMC outpatient services as we prepare to meet the requirements of Healthcare Reform.”
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Posted: September 28, 2010