About the Coalition
After several closed meetings the Coalition held its first public meeting at the Dance Palace in point Reyes Station on January 29, 2009. It was then and there that the purposes of the organization were first presented. The following report by Ellen Shehadeh was published in The West Marin Citizen.
rest of the country is fiercely debating healthcare legislation,
West Marin is dealing calmly and strategically with its own health
care issues. The tenuous nature of healthcare in West Marin came to the
fore with the departure of primary care doctor
Now creative West Marin minds have conceived of a plan which might provide local residents with stable and convenient healthcare; a medical center that could house health care providers on one "campus" and would promote financial savings for providers by giving them the opportunity to join forces for internet providers, bookkeeping, waiting rooms and other maintenance necessities. Said Mike Durrie, one of the prime movers on this project, "Right now each provider is re-inventing the wheel."
concept has been tried successfully in other rural areas, such as
the El Camino Healthcare District in
"We are just
getting to a feasibility study," said Severson. He explained that a
consultant is required to look at legal issues of housing profit and
non-profit under one roof, site and parking requirements, range of
costs and kinds of financing available. "This is a project of enough
public good" that large foundations and the county would be inclined
to participate. With the availability of funds the project could
move faster, and conceivably be a reality in five years. One
possible site mentioned is the open space behind Toby's currently
owned by the county. Other options are also being explored.