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Santa Clara County approves $375K for health center

Funds will be used to hire physician, nurse practitioner

In the face of a staffing shortage, MayView Community Health Center will receive emergency funding from Santa Clara County, the office of Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Tuesday.

The county will transfer $375,000 for the health center to hire a full-time physician and a part-time nurse practitioner for OB-GYN services at the health center, which serves low-income families and individuals. MayView, which runs clinics in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, has seen staff leave due to "unexpected changes in market conditions," according to a county staff report.

"Salaries for medical professionals have spiked and neighboring health care providers have attracted away physicians and nursing staff from MayView," the report states.

The Sunnyvale location has been operating on reduced hours in recent months. The funding will allow the county to run normal business hours without impacting patient care, according to Simitian's office.

"The Fifth Supervisorial District (which includes cities in the North County and West Valley), is the only district without a county health clinic," Board President Simitian said in a press release. "That means that we rely on a network of community health clinics and non-profits to provide these essential services."

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The transfer was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at its April 17 meeting under its consent calendar, which includes a number of items the board can choose to approve without discussion.

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Santa Clara County approves $375K for health center

Funds will be used to hire physician, nurse practitioner

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 9:28 am

In the face of a staffing shortage, MayView Community Health Center will receive emergency funding from Santa Clara County, the office of Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Tuesday.

The county will transfer $375,000 for the health center to hire a full-time physician and a part-time nurse practitioner for OB-GYN services at the health center, which serves low-income families and individuals. MayView, which runs clinics in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, has seen staff leave due to "unexpected changes in market conditions," according to a county staff report.

"Salaries for medical professionals have spiked and neighboring health care providers have attracted away physicians and nursing staff from MayView," the report states.

The Sunnyvale location has been operating on reduced hours in recent months. The funding will allow the county to run normal business hours without impacting patient care, according to Simitian's office.

"The Fifth Supervisorial District (which includes cities in the North County and West Valley), is the only district without a county health clinic," Board President Simitian said in a press release. "That means that we rely on a network of community health clinics and non-profits to provide these essential services."

The transfer was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at its April 17 meeting under its consent calendar, which includes a number of items the board can choose to approve without discussion.

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fcservices
Evergreen Park
on Apr 25, 2018 at 11:21 am
fcservices, Evergreen Park
on Apr 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

At Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, we have many clients who access physical health care through MayView. We appreciate Supervisor Simitian's and the County's support of this important community resource.


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