Healthcare in San Joaquin County is growing and rapidly changing as the Traditionalist and Baby Boomer generations age and retire while young millennial families are formed and start to grow. All of this is in a state of flux as the Federal Government attempts to rationalize Obama Care and Medicare.
Meanwhile the medical professionals in our community “soldier on,” providing excellent care today while preparing for the future healthcare needs of our growing communities.
Looking back for a moment at major changes was the location of the California Health Care Facility and opening of the crown jewel of the prison system in 2014 with an initial investment of $1 billion by the State of California. The Greater Stockton Chamber pulled the community together and made this location happen during economic hard times. The economic impact of these healthcare jobs and wages continues to drive the healthcare economy although few even know or think about the impact of this major employer.
Another important growing medical center in the heart of San Joaquin County’s medical district, south of St. Joseph’s Hospital and east of Dameron Hospital, is the University Park Campus. This healthcare “Smart Growth” development catalyst provides adjacent neighborhoods with opportunities to learn, earn and live within a park like setting which includes a nationally recognized World Peace Rose Garden.
Another example of successful teamwork between University Park, the City of Stockton and San Joaquin, is the location of Vibra Healthcare. This new 50 bed facility will provide post acute care services employing approximately 200 skilled workers. The ability to recover locally with the Vibra medical business model is important as our residents continue to age and need replacement of joints and organs.
Finally, senior care facilities are filing up fast. Working with the San Joaquin County Community Development Department and Board of Supervisors, a new investment is anticipated in the north Stockton area. This new 170-bed facility will provide long- term care services with an estimated 60 employees.
The Good News is that we are all living longer and healthier lives due to the growth of the health care industry through our educational institutions, medical care facilities and the professionals that serve our community.
Reprinted courtesy Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Port O Call.