Trustees of the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District, the body charged with governing the defunct Calexico Hospital, are looking to the Calexico Redevelopment Agency to fund half the costs associated with bringing the hospital building on Birch Avenue up to state codes needed for the lawful operation of an urgent-care clinic.
We think that's a smart move.
Last week, the district authorized a $1,500 structural analysis of the facility by San Diego-based engineering firm Stedman & Dyson. With a completed analysis due by mid-January, according to hospital board officials, a decision on what improvements need to be done could be coming down fairly quickly.
Quick is the operative word here. There needs to be some kind of medical services in that or another building in Calexico soon. While an urgent-care center in the grand scheme of things isn't much for a city growing by leaps and bounds almost daily, the after-hours operation Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo has promised that the vacant hospital plant will restore 24-hour medical care to the community.