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Sunday, February 24, 2013

S.J. medical scene seeing big changes

The RecordDramatic changes are on the horizon for San Joaquin County's medical landscape. Health care is a dynamic industry and new developments are ramping up - fast.

It's not a stretch to think that, a year from now, we could look back on 2013 as the year that kicked off the most monumental transformation in health care in the county since Dr. Christopher Grattan opened Stockton's first hospital in 1849. Consider these facts:

» An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 indigent adult county residents, currently uninsured, will meet the criteria to receive Medi-Cal benefits beginning Jan. 1.

» An additional 20,000 to 34,000 uninsured residents with slightly higher incomes will be eligible for private insurance through the state's new exchange called Covered California.

» Construction of the nation's largest prison medical facility - the 1,722-bed California Correctional Health Care Facility, Stockton - in the southeast corner of the city will be completed in May, with the first inmates expected to arrive in July. It is expected to operate with a staff of more than 2,400 skilled workers in more than 160 job classifications.

» Next door, the Dewitt Nelson Correctional Annex is being constructed with 1,133 beds for state inmates needing psychiatric care and supervision. continue reading...

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