West Valley clinic moves forward
Residents of Campbell and other West Valley cities are one step closer to having a full-service, county-run health clinic after Santa Clara County and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District agreed to pursue the development of same.
The county will undertake a feasibility study to bring a Valley Health Center clinic to the De Anza Community College campus in Cupertino.
The intent is for the county and the community college district to work together on the planning and construction of a building that will provide healthcare services to both the college campus population and residents of the surrounding West Valley community.
Services would include primary care, mental health, imaging, laboratory and pharmacy. To support the district’s healthcare profession programs and curriculum, the county and district would develop education and internship programs within the clinic.
While some residents of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga have access to quality healthcare through established providers, there are almost 90,000 people who earn less than 400% of the federal poverty level, which can make it difficult to obtain adequate medical care in a high-cost area like Santa Clara County.
Currently, there are no county or community clinics located in the West Valley. There are more than 43,000 residents in the area who receive health care coverage through Medi-Cal.
County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who serves as chair of the county’s Health and Hospital Committee, introduced a proposal in October 2021 for staff to develop options for building a North County/West Valley primary care health clinic.
“It’s essential that all our residents have access to primary and preventative health care,” Simitian said in a statement. “Otherwise, they wait too long, end up seriously ill and then find themselves in the emergency room.”