Sonora, CA — On Tuesday, April 23, County Administrative Officer Craig Pedro will recommend that the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors select Sonora Regional Medical Center as the provider of the Rural Health Clinic, an extended hour/walk-in clinic and the Mother Lode Medical Center.
These services, effective July 1, will no longer be available through Tuolumne General Hospital.
As of Wednesday´s deadline, only S.R.M.C. had submitted a proposal. Based on discussions with the respective directors of the Me-Wuk Indian Health Center and the MACT Health Board, neither was positioned at this time to take on such a significant responsibility.
The only deviation from the requirements is that S.R.M.C.´s proposal calls for moving the Rural Health Clinic and establishing the extended hour/walk-in clinic in the former Sierra Medical Office Complex at the intersection of Fairview Lane and Forest Rd. S.R.M.C. owns this former medical office complex.
The bottom line; Pedro and his staff feel it is in the county´s best interest to select S.R.M.C. as the provider for the county´s Rural Health Center and the Mother Lode Medical Center services and continue discussions with both the Me-Wuk Indian Health Center and MACT (Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne) Health Board regarding potential lease of the Family Health and Welfare Center for the expansion of clinic services in that facility.
Written by Bill Johnson