A year after hospital closed, 250,000 in Contra Costa struggle for care

By Victoria Colliver

The San Francisco Chronicle

The closure of Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo a year ago has left many living in the western part of Contra Costa County struggling to find new ways to get care, as the carcass of the building sits dormant on a concrete landscape.

The center, originally known as Brookside Hospital, had served the 250,000 residents between Berkeley and Vallejo for more than 60 years. It closed on April 21, 2015, after a protracted battle to keep it open.

Additional ambulance hours, a new urgent-care clinic and other services have helped fill some of the void, but no one argues that can replace a full-scale acute-care hospital.

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