Anticipating public concern regarding the anticipated closure of the Mills Health Center standby emergency department in San Mateo, the county has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Sept. 27.
The standby department will close Dec. 1 and be converted to an urgent care clinic in the fall of 2013, according to Mills-Peninsula Health Services. The switch would allow the health care organization to avoid spending $60 million to $80 million on state-mandated seismic retrofits. The department, which handles non-critical emergencies, saw about 34 patients a day last year, about two-thirds less than other local facilities.
The public hearing starts at 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the San Mateo County Health System at 225 37th Ave. in San Mateo.