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Local Officials and Community Members Gather for “Topping Off” Ceremony for County’s Downtown San Jose Clinic

Construction Moves into Next Phase
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—County officials and community members gathered today to celebrate the completion of the steel framing for the County of Santa Clara’s new downtown San Jose health center, a milestone in the construction of the clinic. At the beam topping ceremony, officials and construction workers signed the last steel beam in preparation for a crane to hoist the beam onto the structure to symbolically bring the construction to its next phase. The construction of the new health center will be completed in late 2015.
“The County’s Downtown San Jose clinic is a credit to the community that worked so hard to bring back healthcare services to Downtown San Jose,” said President Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “I am proud to be part of the topping off ceremony that brings the construction one step closer to completion.”
The new downtown health center is a culmination of nearly a decade of community support to improve health services in the downtown core of San Jose.
“Meeting the medical needs of our Downtown San Jose community is of paramount importance,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez, District 2, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “We have been working diligently with the community and healthcare partners to fill the gap in healthcare services after the closing of San Jose Medical Center.”
As part of the 2008 Measure A, nearly $50 million in public funds have been allocated to construct the new building on the site of the old San Jose Medical Center, which closed in 2004. 
“I am pleased to see this progress on the construction of the new downtown clinic,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith.  “Completion of the steel framing gives shape to the structure and shows the community that the County is delivering on its promise of a new clinic.” 
The health center will be jointly operated by Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) and Gardner Family Health Network.  The 3-story facility will include urgent care center for both adults and children; primary care service for pediatric, OB/GYN and family medicine; and behavioral health services
“In solidarity with the community organizations and groups, we’ve overcome obstacles to provide much needed community healthcare services,” said Rosylin Dean, member of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital and longtime healthcare activist. “This is a significant milestone on our journey to ensure that the healthcare services the community needs and deserves is ultimately achieved.”
Reymundo Espinoza, CEO, Gardner Family Health Network; Stephen Perreault, Vice President, Construction, URS Corporation; and Kevin Mosher, V.P. of Operations, Flint Builders also made remarks at the ceremony.

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

Posted: February 28, 2014