Health district may sell urgent care to current operator

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The Fallbrook Regional Health District last month made a move that could result in the sale of the district-owned MedPlus Urgent Care to its current operator.

According to FRHD Executive Director Rachel Mason, the doctor who runs the clinic, Dr. Graydon Skeoch, has expressed interest in making a “long-term commitment at the location” and purchasing the property.

At its Nov. 13 meeting, the health district’s board took the first step in potentially opening up the urgent care property at 617 E. Alvarado St. for sale by declaring it to be “surplus land” – meaning that it’s no longer necessary for the district’s use.

Now that the surplus designation has been made, the district must allow agencies including San Diego County and local school districts to express interest in using the property before any sale process can begin.

“In the case of the county, it would be for low and moderate income housing and in the case of the local school districts it would be for use as a school facility. Given the size and condition of the property, it is very unlikely that either the county or a local school district will be interested in purchasing the property,” Mason said.

In any case, the district would be under no actual obligation to sell the property to the county or a school district. After a 60-day window, the district will be able to negotiate the property’s sale to a private party.

At the Nov. 13 meeting, the board “reiterated the district’s strong commitment in insuring that the site remains an urgent care clinic and condition any potential purchase of the property on use as an urgent care clinic,” Mason said.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.