Danny Glover to join Richmond panel on local healthcare access

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Actor and activist Danny Glover is expected to participate next week in a Richmond panel discussion on local access to health care following the closure of Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo.

The panel — free and open to the public — is set to run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts at 339 11th St. The event is presented by LifeLong Medical Care, which opened an urgent care center across the street from the DMC property after the hospital closed in April last year.

Panelists will discuss local resources available to residents and related matters.

DMC was a safety-net hospital that had served the West County community since 1954. The facility serviced mostly low-income patients, many of whom received MediCare and Medi-Cal or were uninsured.

After a tax measure to close an annual $18-$20 million deficit failed with voters in 2014, the West Contra Costa Healthcare District said it had no choice but to close the hospital.

Voters had approved two tax measures in previous years to save the hospital, one of which residents will continue paying “at least until 2027,” according to the Contra Costa Times.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Keys, Instagram:@lindsaykeys

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