The conflict over the southernmost hospital in Orange County and the land it sits on has stabilized, but the condition remains critical. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center officially discontinued all services on June 3, 2016, and the question of what to do about it remains open. In the mean time, the wound left by its absence affects all aspects of the community.
According to Memorial Care Health System, the parent company to San Clemente’s former Saddleback Memorial satellite, the beachside hospital’s nonemergency beds were staying empty, and the hospital was thus running out of money.
Local authorities pointed out the hospital’s closure would create a 40-mile gap in emergency services for civilians between Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside.
Community members have banded together to protest the hospital’s closure in its last few years, and all sides offered solutions:
The missing link
Even when San Clemente hospital was in play, the Mission Hospital satellite in Laguna Beach was and is still the only emergency center in South Orange County that addresses acute psychiatric or drug overdose emergencies.
There has been no public proposal for emergency psychiatric or addiction recovery services here in San Clemente. These services are vital for the health and welfare of residents and should not be underestimated. Many people don’t seek needed treatment for fear of being suddenly absent from their community and away from children and partners.
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