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Scripps temporarily closing three clinics amid coronavirus

Posted: 5:08 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 20:08:00-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Three Scripps Health locations will temporarily close this week to give the system more staffing flexibility amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Scripps Clinic Coronado, Scripps Clinic Santee, and Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery in Hillcrest will close in order to give the medical system "the ability to move people and resources to where they are needed more.”

Scripps will redirect patients from those sites to other locations.

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“The coronavirus pandemic has triggered many changes in our lives and forced organizations of all types to alter the way they provide services to their customers,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “These latest changes at Scripps give us more flexibility in how we staff all of our clinics and hospitals as this health pandemic continues to unfold, and they give us the ability to move people and resources to where they are needed more.”

The health system said patients can also use Scripps' telemedicine video service instead of scheduling an in-person consultation.

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Other Scripps outpatient sites were also being reviewed for possible changes in operation. Scripps patients should contact their hospital location to see whether or not appointments are impacted.

The changes come as Scripps move to expand site accepting medical supply donations to address reported supply shortages.

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Donations of N95 masks/respirators; surgical/procedural masks; isolation/impervious gowns; non-latex gloves; eye protection; disinfecting wipes; hand sanitizer and hand soap are being accepted

Those interested in donating can email Scripps at supplychainmanagement@scrippshealth.org.

Tuesday, Sharp Healthcare also announced it would temporarily close two locations and limit operations at another.