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By Jim Shilander
A number of San Clemente residents again turned out at the City Council meeting Tuesday to oppose the potential change of the hospital to an advanced urgent care facility.
A number of residents noted they, or relatives, had chosen the city to live in due to it having its own hospital. Saddleback Memorial San Clemente campus administrator Tony Struthers noted that advocates for the current set-up should get behind a proposal to change the state’s rules allowing for free-standing emergency rooms. Dr. Gus Gialamis said members of a nonprofit group, Save San Clemente Hospital were also advocating on behalf of such a change, but were told it might take three years.
Mayor Chris Hamm confirmed at the City Council meeting that he, along with councilwoman Lori Donchak, assistant city manger Erik Sund and resident Mike Clark, would meet with MemorialCare CEO Steve Geidt and Struthers at a meeting next week to discuss the issue. MemorialCare is hosting an open house event to discuss the plan Thursday, Jan. 22 at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club, 200 Avenida La Pata at 5:30 p.m.