Jun 6, 2014
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A public hearing scheduled for Monday night will discuss the impacts of the apparently imminent closure of Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.

The Contra Costa Health Services’ (CCHS) Emergency Medical Services Division is legally required to hold a public hearing whenever a local facility providing emergency care announces it will downgrade or close.

After a parcel tax measure meant to raise $20 million annually to save the hospital failed last month, CCHS received notice that the hospital could close by the end of July.

“The purpose of [Monday’s public] hearing is not to determine whether or not the hospital will close,” the county said in a statement on its website. “Contra Costa EMS is required by state law to hold the hearing to collect public comment on the impacts and to submit the public comment in a report this month to the state Health and Human Services Agency. The report will be posted on this web page when it is available.”

The public hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Maple Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo. Community members are encouraged to attend and comment. Locals can also submit comments in writing no later than 5 p.m. Monday that will be included in the impact report.

Written comments will be accepted via email to EMS Director Pat Frost at Patricia.Frost@hsd.cccounty.us, fax: 925 313-8389, or mail: Contra Costa EMS, 1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 126, Martinez, CA 94553.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.