Clinicas undaunted in efforts to open urgent care center in Calexico

September 06, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Louis Lerma, executive director of Brawley-based Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, recently returned from Sacramento, where he looked into the possibility of opening an after-hours urgent-care center in the Calexico Hospital building closed since late 1997.

At the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District board meeting Wednesday night, Mark Perrone updated the board on the status of Clinicas' interest in the building.

"He's quite energetic. Basically he was excited. He's getting a lot of headway in Sacramento," Perrone said of Lerma.

Before Clinicas can operate an urgent-care center in the hospital building, Lerma must find out if the building is usable. Then he must secure permits and funding.

If he is successful, Clinicas would run an urgent-care center at the building from 6 p.m. to midnight seven days a week.


Clinicas already operates a clinic on Cole Road that opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

Hospital board Trustee Rosie Fernandez asked Perrone, "What did he find out about the building and funding?"

Perrone said Lerma didn't mention any specifics but seemed, "very energetic."

He added, "I'll call him tomorrow."

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

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