Effective this month, El Camino Hospital will begin referring uninsured and underinsured patients to MayView Community Health Center, replacing the volunteer-driven RotaCare Clinic Mountain View that will likely close this summer.
The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors voted Jan. 19 to grant MayView $2.4 million over three-and-a-half years. The district will continue to fund RotaCare through June, and possibly longer, to support patients’ transition. Board member Dennis Chiu abstained from the vote, voicing a wish to fund RotaCare through December.
The RotaCare nonprofit clinic, founded by Rotarians in 1991, provides free medical care to uninsured and underinsured local residents. With an annual budget of $924,000 – supported through grants, donations and volunteers – it operated out of El Camino Hospital.
But over the past year, the clinic began seeing fewer patients with more complex cases of chronic illness. Cecile Currier, the hospital’s vice president of corporate and community health services, said MayView is better equipped to provide consistent care.
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