Marin Healthcare District Assumes Management of West Marin Medical Center
District providing critical resources to stabilize access to primary care in West Marin
Marin Healthcare District (MHD) has begun providing support and management of the West Marin Medical Center at Point Reyes Station, augmenting the clinic’s resources and increasing access to primary care at the 42-year-old clinic that has been a healthcare mainstay for more than 4,000 West Marin residents. The support includes insuring that primary care physicians Michael Whitt, Eileen Gleber, and Colin Hamblin will continue to serve the West Marin Community through the clinic.
The office was originally opened four decades ago by Dr. Michael Whitt. In 2000, Dr. Molly Bourne joined the clinic, but in late 2007 she announced that the increased financial pressures on primary care doctors were forcing her to close down the office. Fortunately, several members of the tight-knit community stepped forward to help keep the clinic afloat. Subsequently, MHD provided support to hire Dr. Gleber and Dr. Hamblin.
“Access to primary care is essential to maintain a healthy Marin community and West Marin Clinic’s primary care physicians have been dedicated to this mission,” said Dr. Joel Sklar, Chief Medical Officer of Marin General Hospital. “The economics of primary care-particularly in a place like West Marin”-make it extraordinarily difficult for private practice physicians to survive financially. By taking this action, MHD is enabling West Marin residents to continue to have the care they need without having to go elsewhere.”
West Marin Medical Center is located at 11150 California Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station. For an appointment or to get more information, call 415-663-1082.