CALEXICO — The Heffernan Memorial Hospital District board could quickly open an urgent-care center at the old Highway 98 hospital by bringing in a physicians' group from San Diego or the Imperial Valley, according to officials from San Diego's Sharp HealthCare.
Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit health-care organization that operates seven hospitals and six urgent-care centers in San Diego County.
Calexico officials recently listened to Sharp's recommendation when they met with Alison Fleury, Sharp's senior vice president of business development, and others, in San Diego.
Heffernan Memorial Hospital District trustees did not attend the meeting.
One of the Calexico officials who did attend, Mayor John Renison, categorized the gathering as a "fact-finding mission."
He said the city was given "good solid direction" as to how the health-care needs of Calexico could be met.
Renison said construction of a new hospital in Calexico will depend on millions of dollars of annual subsidies from the federal government.