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Daymon Doss, Mark Twain Health Care District executive director, displays preliminary renderings of the proposed Valley Springs Medical Clinic.

Plans for new Valley Springs
clinic move forward

- March 13, 2015

By Nick Baptista

   West Calaveras residents could have a new state-of-the-art medical clinic by September of 2016.

   The Mark Twain Health Care District has identified an approximately 14-acre site at the southwest corner of State Route 26 and Vista Del Lago West for a 15,000-square-foot clinic.

   The district in the process of acquiring the property and going through the initial regulatory and financial steps to eventually build the facility, according to Daymon Doss, the district’s executive director.

   The proposed project is still in the due diligence stage, but if all goes smoothly, Doss foresees having all of the studies, applications and funding in place for work at the site to begin in September of this year and completion by September of next year.

   The new clinic will replace the existing one located on the northeast corner of the intersection. The current clinic is “much too small” to serve the growing needs of the community, Doss said.

   Larry Cornish, vice president and chief operating officer for Mark Twain Medical Center, said the 10-year projection for the new clinic calls for the addition of two physicians, 2 1/2 full-time employees and a full-time physical therapist.

   The health care district would buy the property and build the clinic, Doss said. The Mark Twain Medical Corporation Board, which has a management services agreement with Dignity Health, would lease the proposed facility.

   The site for the clinic is owned by Marvin Stark and zoned for commercial planned development along with planned parking.

   Sale of the property has not been finalized, but is in the contract stage, Doss said.

   In addition, the health care district has been in pre-development discussions with Caltrans, Calaveras County and Calaveras County Water District officials.

  “We’re not expecting a problem,” Doss said. “We’re trying to understand what the needs are to make this happen.”

   The health care district has applied for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is talking to other lenders, he added. The district is seeking a loan in the amount of $6 million for the proposed project.

   The health care district board is scheduled to consider allocating $50,000 toward permits and required studies in connection with the proposed project at its meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.

   The proposed clinic would occupy only a portion of the 14-acre site with other commercial development possible in the future.


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