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Downtown San Jose Med Center on Its Way



    Downtown San Jose Med Center on Its Way

    A project to construct a 60,000-square-foot medical clinic in  downtown San Jose can begin moving forward after receiving a green light from  the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

          The board directed county staff to begin the planning, design and  construction of the new center at the southeast corner of the old San Jose  Medical Center site.
    Board members also approved the use of $50 million for the project  from the 2008 voter-approved Measure A, which allocated the money for  construction of health facilities downtown.
    "A modern and well-functioning clinic has been needed in the  downtown core for quite a while," Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a statement.  Kniss is chair of the board's Health and Hospital Committee.
    Existing plans for Valley Health Center Milpitas will be adapted  for use with the San Jose medical center, which is expected to open in four  to five years.
    In the meantime, beginning on July 1, 2011, health needs in the  downtown area will be met through a temporary clinic in the Mediplex Building  located at 725 E. Santa Clara St.
    "We have heard loud and clear what the downtown community needs  and are working hard to ensure that medical services will be available next  year while the permanent clinic is being built," Supervisor George Shirakawa  said in a statement.
    County officials said they are approaching the site development in  stages with a long-term plan that includes future expansion.
    Plans for the clinic include an equal amount of space devoted to  ancillary support and the public health program for women, infants and  children; clinic services and urgent care; and future growth to accommodate  services currently offered at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center campus.
    "Our goal is to put a clinic on site as soon as possible while  developing a state-of-the-art facility to address the community's needs,"  county executive Jeff Smith said.