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Calexico Hospital board to hear update on Clinicas de Salud negotiations

September 04, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Heffernan Memorial Hospital District board will hear an update on negotiations with Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo at the board's regular meeting Wednesday.

On July 25, the Heffernan board tabbed Brawley-based Clinicas to provide medical services at the hospital building on Highway 98 that has been closed since late 1997.

According to the framework of a plan proposed at that meeting, Clinicas would operate an after-hours clinic during the time when Clinicas' Cole Road health facility is closed.

The sticking point of the negotiations is the condition of the hospital building.

Clinicas Executive Director Louis Lerma warned the Heffernan board he would not be able to secure the necessary permits to operate a clinic if the physical condition of the building does not meet state standards for medical facilities.


If the building does not meet standards, the Heffernan board's attorney, Eduardo Rivera, has said the board should lobby the city's Redevelopment Agency for financial help in retrofitting the facility.

Last month the City Council and City Manager Richard Inman discussed applying for federal funds to build a rural health-care facility.

Heffernan board Chairwoman Norma Apodaca and Trustee Ray Falcon attended the council meeting and voiced support for the council's plans but urged the council to work with the hospital board to provide medical services to Calexico.

The Heffernan board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital building.

Whether the building that the trustees meet in is cool is another item on the agenda.

Since the beginning of the year the board has discussed the building's air-conditioning system.

For a long time the board couldn't do anything about the A/C because the district was mired in debt and couldn't afford to spend the scant funds it had for building maintenance.

Two months ago the board voted to lobby the city's Redevelopment Agency for help repairing the A/C.

At Wednesday's meeting the board will hear an update on those discussions.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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