I live in this community. I was born in this hospital and it is still needed in this area. This town has many older citizens and they need access to close care – we all do.
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Saddleback San Clemente Hospital currently treats 15,000 emergency room patients per year and admits over 4,000 patients per year. It also provides over 200 jobs for the growing community. San Clemente has 65,000 residents and swells to over 100,000 on the weekends. Rancho Mission Viejo is just east of San Clemente and is planning for 14,000 new homes. The loss of this hospital will impact not only the residents of San Clemente, but also the new families that are moving into this area.
Saddleback Memorial plans to convert the hospital into a medical office building, outpatient surgery, and urgent care centers. Paramedics cannot bring sick patients to urgent care centers by California law and urgent care centers will not be bounded by regulations to treat all residents regardless of their ability to pay. Residents have access to multiple urgent care centers within several miles of this location and the city.
If they are successful in closing our hospital, the nearest option will be 15 miles away.At a recent San Clemente City Council meeting, Orange County sherriffs, paramedics, EMS, fire, and all emergency care responders sumbitted that there will be negative effect on the city’s ability to provide current services and stressed concern for emergency care for residents.
- Your nearest hospital will be 15 miles away
- Your nearest emergency room will be 15 miles away.
- Mortality rates will rise.
Make your voice heard!
San Clemente Hospital has been the cornerstone of healthcare access for it’s families and residents for over 40 years. It is the sole emergency care facility for the city and will leave a 40 mile void in emergency care access between Oceanside and Mission Viejo if it closes.
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My mother had a massive stroke and it was so valuable to have the hospital so close. The entire staff was so proficient and yet they were very personal. The hospital was unique because of the feeling that was there. I believe that feeling came from the medical personnel, staff and size.
Wendy CLaguna Niguel, CA - Change.org
I am a transplant patient. If I needed emergency care, I would need it immediately. With traffic being what it is, too many people needing immediate care would be jeopardized.
Susan FSan Clemente, CA - Change.org
This hospital saved my cousin’s life. If she had to be rushed all the way to Mission Hospital she would have died. People need this hospital. Please!!
Roxanne AIrvine, CA - Change.org
- I am a transplant patient. If I needed emergency care, I would need it immediately. With traffic being what it is, too many people needing immediate care would be jeopardized.
- It would be a tragic mistake, no doubt costing lives, if this hospital and ER were to be closed!
- My mother had a massive stroke and it was so valuable to have the hospital so close. The entire staff was so proficient and yet they were very personal. The hospital was unique because of the feeling that was there. I believe that feeling came from the medical personnel, staff and size.
- I work as a Charge RN in the ER, I don't know if the great citizens of San Clemente realize what a huge impact the closure of this facility will have on their ability to obtain emergency medical care. The closure of our ER can literally mean the difference between life and death for many patients.
- I could die without this ER
- My life was saved in this ER.
- We have lived in SC for over thirty years..This hospital has played a vital part in saving us from major health issues..Just last year my husband went into heart failure and no way could he have survived a trip to Mission or Laguna...My daughter had a ruptured appendix at 2am and SC ER and hospital took great care with her..I could list many times we needed the immediate care of SC ER over the years....The hospital has been a unique place that is vital to this growing community..It would be a terrible tragidy to remove this wonderful hospital.....Thank you for helping us save this Hospital
- I feel that our hospital must remain open as an ER facility for our city to remain a safe and healthy place to live.
- This hospital saved me in 1996 when I was having an allergic reaction.
- I live in this community. I was born in this hospital and it is still needed in this area. This town has many older citizens and they need access to close care - we all do.
- Mission Viejo is too far when a person is in real need of emergency care. Don't they know how many elderly people live here? I don't live in a senior community - but there are ambulances in my neighborhood at least once a day!
- South County residents all need this hospital in San Clemente, not just those of us who live in SC. Losing this hospital puts many lives unnecessarily at risk. Don't do it!!!