The Mercury Times is reporting on changes to the San Mateo emergency room services:
SAN MATEO -- Mills-Peninsula Health Services will close its standby emergency room in downtown San Mateo and convert it to an urgent care clinic to avoid a state-mandated seismic upgrade that could cost as much as $80 million, the health care group announced.
The standby emergency department at Mills Health Center will close Dec. 1 and be replaced late next year with a facility that provides many of the same services as well as primary care, Mills-Peninsula officials said this week. The new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, which opened in 2011, has enough capacity to handle any extra emergency visits that arise from now on, they said.
This is never an easy decision--$80 million or make adjustments to fit under the letter of the law regarding what constitutes an ER. Keep this in mind the next time you have to go to one.