Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite names new operator for medical clinic

Yosemite National Park has selected United States Public Health Service to run the park's medical clinic starting Jan. 1. The existing contract with Doctors Medical Center of Modesto expires at the end of the year.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, which owns Doctors Medical Center, ended the contract to run the money-losing outpatient center.

The clinic, located in Yosemite Valley, treats about 7,000 patients each year, many of them tourists who are injured during their visits, according to a press release. Park employees also use the clinic as a primary care facility. The clinic also provides occupational health services and a pharmacy.

The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps employs more than 6,000 medical workers throughout the country to provide healthcare services in medical clinics on indian reservations and in rural communities.

PHS staff will be on duty on Jan. 1, but other services, such as a pharmacy, will be phased in after the clinic opens, Yosemite officials said.