Bridgeport Clinic’s hours remain unclear
The hours of operation have changed at the Bridgeport Clinic, from four days a week to two. But it may be open as little as one. Or as many as three. A representative from the clinic told The Sheet, which called as a patient, that the clinic is open hit-and-miss for the month of July. It will be open one or two days a week (or two to three days a week, she could not say for sure) in August. However, there is a person manning the phone five mornings a week to make appointments.
Mammoth Hospital Chief Executive Officer Gary Myers announced the cut as part of a discussion on medical care for inmates at the Bridgeport County Jail provided by the clinic at a Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 21.
The new hours were implemented weeks ago, but notifications are just now coming out. The Southern Mono Healthcare District, also known as Mammoth Hospital, that operates the clinic, cannot find enough qualified people to keep the clinic open more often.
The Sheet received a copy of the letter, written by Myers, that was sent out to post office box holders in Bridgeport on July 14. It described why the days have been reduced, but listed no specific hours of operation. Patients are encouraged to make an appointment to ensure the place will be open.
Myers did not directly answer the question of when the public would be notified of the new schedule in a July 12 interview, but stated, “The Board of Supervisors was informed of the limited hours at their open public meeting on June 21. Both your paper and the MT (Mammoth Times) reported on it.”