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DONNA VIDRINE, San Clemente
Mayor James last week started his State of the City speech with this: 95% of respondents from the Hospital Survey rate quality of life in San Clemente as good or excellent.
He then proceeded to ship over other key findings of the hospital survey:
- Only 54% of residents in San Clemente rate health care as good or excellent.
- Over 90% of the public is aware San Clemente lacks a hospital.
- About eight in 10 surveyed favor a new hospital within city limits.
- A majority of those surveyed favor using public funds to support opening a new hospital.
Mayor James in his speech went directly to how a hospital is not doable for our city because:
- Forty percent of hospitals in Southern California are not making money and hospital bed occupancy runs at 50%.
- San Clemente has a trauma center 15 minutes away.
- High-tech diagnostics and enhanced urgent care is the answer instead of a community hospital with an emergency room.
Mayor James has not listened to the San Clemente residents and does not understand that emergency services and hospital care cannot be replaced with an urgent care, even with extended hours.