Presented at the ground breaking for the new clinic building, May 31, 2013, by Rosylin Dean, for the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital

I need to preface my remarks by saying this is my personal thinking and does not reflect a Coalition for a Downtown Hospital official statement. It is a great day, but there are greater days to come.

I also celebrate today, and I hope you join, me as part of a move toward the day when we finally catch up with most other countries in providing necessary health care for all of our citizens and residents. When all people receive the health care they need without potentially facing bankruptcy. Our next celebration where we stand right now will be in front of a brand new three-story building ready to provide the best expanded health care services a clinic can provide, and that this community needs and deserves. But we need to look beyond that, we need to look at how to provide health care service that a clinic can not provide and how do we do that.

How do we replace what was denied the community when the SJMC closed its doors. So I am grateful for and celebrate this day and thank all that made this possible, but hopefully look forward to all of the tomorrows as we move towards better health care for all. And now as an official representative of the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital I would like to present this special commendation to the County of Santa Clara Executive Officer, Jeffrey Smith, the Board of Supervisors and the staff with special commendation to Andrés Quintero.

Coalition for a Downtown Hospital -- Resolution of Commendation to the Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith, the Board of Supervisors and their Staff With Special Commendation to Andrés Quintero

Whereas, San Jose Medical Center was closed in December of 2004, disrupting access to health care services in the downtown community;
Whereas, the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital, with community support, advocated for facilities that would provide needed primary and urgent care services for the community, to which the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara responded;
Whereas, 2008 the County of Santa Clara placed a proposition on the ballot which voters approved that included fifty million dollars ($50 million) for new medical facilities in Downtown San Jose to replace services lost when San Jose Medical Center closed;
Whereas, in 2009 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the old San Jose Medical Center site where facilities are to be established to provided primary and urgent care services;
Whereas, a new County building is now being constructed that will include a clinic to provide those services;

Therefore, the Coalition for a Downtown Hospital appreciatively commends the actions of the Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith, the Board of Supervisors and their staff for moving the status of the facility to this point, with special commendation to Andrés Quintero for the time and effort he has put forth in keeping us informed, providing documentation, meeting with us, and arranging meetings with others.

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