Hundreds Rally To Save Saddleback Hospital From Closing In San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE ( — Hundreds of residents gathered on Saturday to protest against turning a hospital into a medical office building in San Clemente.

Over 200 people, part of the non-profit group formed to fight against the closure of Saddleback Hospital by Memorial Care Health System, were seen around 8:00 a.m. on the San Clemente Pier.

KCAL9’s Joy Benedict spoke with Dr. Gus Gialamas, who explained the city will come to a decision in March regarding the fate of the hospital.

“We’re trying to educate our community about the negative impact on losing the hospital and emergency room in a small town,” Gialamas explained. “With 100,000 people on the weekends, we want to show memorial that there’s support for the hospital, and try to sway their decision.”

The proposed plan is to turn the 62,000 square-foot building into a medical office complex, that would remove the emergency room, but still include urgent care.

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