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On Friday, May 31, 2013, local officials and community leaders held a ceremonial ground breaking event for the new downtown ‘state of the art’ health center that will provide local residents with primary and urgent care services.

This ground-breaking event was conducted on the site located at East Santa Clara/17th Avenue/East St. John Street, San Jose, CA., the site of the former San Jose Hospital.

Nearly a decade after HCA’s San Jose Medical Center abruptly closed its doors, the County of Santa Clara, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Gardner Family Health Network are restoring health services to the site with a new, state-of-the-art facility which will add a clinic having 30 examination rooms plus an Emergency Room/Trauma Center facility.

President Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and Supervisor Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, both thanked those present for attending and for supporting Measure A Bond, which funded acquisition of this site from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) which abruptly closed the former San Jose Hospital.

Reymundo Espinoza, CEO, Gardner Family Health Network (GFHN), spoke fervently about Gardner’s commitment to deliver health care services to the San Jose Downtown community with especial focus on serving low-income residents.  “GFHN is very committed to delivering health care to the downtown San Jose community. More importantly, GFHN will emphasize early detection and prevention health services because that is the way to keep health care costs affordable.”

Rosylin Dean, member of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital and longtime healthcare activist, thanked all involved and recognized many local leaders in the process.

The new downtown health 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 open in 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.

While the new health center is being built, the County is contracting with community partner Gardner Family Health Network to operate a temporary health center in the Mediplex Building, which is part of the old San Jose Medical Center property purchased by the County in 2010.

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