Simitian Pushes For North County/West Valley Clinic
This month, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Simitian's request to open a County health clinic in the North County/West Valley area he represents.
Currently, there are no County clinics in this area even though the area is home to 400,000 residents; there are more than 39,000 low-income residents in the area who receive health care coverage through Medi-Cal and 20,000 people who already receive their care from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and could benefit from having a location closer to where they live and work.
Simitian’s district, which includes the communities of Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Saratoga, and portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose, is the only Supervisorial District in the County without one of the County’s three hospitals or thirteen primary care Valley Health Centers. “Imagine,” said Simitian, “an area encompassing eight cities and 400,000 folks without a single County health clinic for routine care. For people of modest means, it’s a serious hardship.”
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