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SVMHS Breaks Ground on New Medical Complex

What: Ground Breaking
Where: 355 Abbott Street, Salinas
When: Wednesday, July 22, 2009; 7:30 a.m.

Background:

Local primary care physicians and members of Salinas Valley Memorial's executive team will gather to break ground on a new Salinas medical complex at 355 Abbott Street next Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:30am. The first floor of the building will be leased by Salinas Valley PrimeCare Medical Group, which will have an option to purchase the space in 3 years. The new, 40-thousand square-foot facility will house future Hospital services on the second floor.
The building will be completed in September of 2010.

"This facility will help the meet the future medical needs of the residents of the hospital District, said Nathan Olivas, President of the Salinas Valley Memorial Board of Directors. "PrimeCare is the largest primary care group in Monterey County, made up of 25 local physicians. This project is designed with the future in mind, bringing even more efficiency to our healthcare delivery system."

Robert Patton, MD, is a physician with PrimeCare, and a member of the Medical Staff at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. He views the new facility as a key element of future high quality healthcare expected by the residents of this District. "Because of the larger, state-of-the art medical facility, PrimeCare has been able to extend commitments for three (3) new primary care providers and is looking at other expansion opportunities in the hospital's District," Dr. Patton said. "When most healthcare systems and medical groups in California are contracting and struggling, SVMHS and PrimeCare are jointly moving forward with vision and leadership that gives top priority to the community healthcare needs."

Cypress Healthcare Partners works with Salinas Valley PrimeCare and other community physicians in strategic relations, practice management and growth opportunities. Bill Hines, Principal with Cypress Healthcare Partners, said, "The 355 Abbott Street project is a culmination of several years of planning on the part of Sam Downing, CEO/President of Salinas Valley Memorial, Nathan Olivas, President SVMHS Board of Directors who represented the interest and direction of the entire SVMHS Board, Salinas Valley PrimeCare Medical Group and Cypress Healthcare Partners. This medical office complex will be a showcase of cooperation between SVMHS and community physicians that will serve as an example of what can happen when goals are aligned by 'healthcare stakeholders' to benefit community healthcare needs."

Patrick Flanigan, MD, a retired oncologist formerly on the medical staff at Salinas Valley Memorial, and resident poet at the Hospital, will be present at the ground breaking ceremony and will offer a poetry reading. "I am impressed by the continuing commitment of physicians and the community to the health and well being of the region. Despite challenging times in healthcare, local interests are coming together in a commitment to better health and better lives for our citizens," Flanigan said.

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