The Cambrian

Cambria health district in talks with hospitals, clinic

A CCHD ambulance is parked outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Cambria during the Chili Cook-Off and Car Show recently.
A CCHD ambulance is parked outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Cambria during the Chili Cook-Off and Car Show recently. sprovost@thetribunenews.com

Based on a recent health-services survey and other input, the North Coast’s health care agency has begun talking to representatives of two hospitals and a clinic provider about expanding urgent-care facilities in Cambria.

Bob Sayers, administrator of the Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD), and board members Mike McLaughlin and Barbara Bronson Gray met recently in San Luis Obispo with Alan Iftiniuk of Dignity Health/French Hospital Medical Center, and in Cambria with Michael Bell and Ron Yukelson of Tenet Healthcare/Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Twin Cities Community Hospital.

Sayers said Tuesday, May 17, that CCHD and Dignity officials are to meet again in June. He also said he hopes to meet by late June with Ron Castle of Community Health Centers, which already has a clinic in Cambria.

CCHD reps told the hospital officials that the “expressed need” on the North Coast, as reported by those who filled out and returned a health-services survey recently, was for primary care and walk-in services, lab, X-ray and related services, and for those services to be connected to a larger system, where the patients’ regular physicians might practice and where visits become part of their medical records.

Sayers said in a recent interview that the hospital reps seemed “optimistic and interested,” but now “they have to run the numbers, to see if it can work for them.”

The next meeting of the CCHD Board of Trustees starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St. Details: 927-8304.

The district’s draft $1.7 million budget 2016-17 is on the agenda. Most of that funding comes from property taxes ($900,000) and fees for ambulance service.

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