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Lodi Memorial Hospital may offer more services at Galt clinic

Negotiations ongoing to add X-ray and phlebotomy services

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:24 am, Thu May 24, 2012.

Despite reports by city of Galt staff that Lodi Memorial Hospital is expanding its services there, a hospital spokeswoman said the plans are not yet firm.

The city is seeking to have the hospital offer general surgery, pediatrics and cardiology, among other specialties, after an outside survey found the services lacking for Galt residents.

Currently, the hospital's medical services office on Civic Drive offers family practice, obstetrics and a blood drawing station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

But discussions are underway to add X-ray and expanded phlebotomy services.

"As we often do, LMH regularly looks at or revisits opportunities and programs and services regarding the potential to improve health," hospital spokeswoman Carol Farron said.

Last August, the Buxton Company performed a health-care analysis for the city that found there was a shortage level for all medical specialties in Galt.

At one point, according to Farron, the hospital offered X-rays at the Galt clinic, but there was not enough interest to sustain the hospital's costs.

"That, of course, was a number of years ago, so we are investigating currently if it might be viable to restart X-ray along with perhaps other services," she said. "However, at this time, we are just beginning the investigation stages with no concrete plans for expanding specific programs or services."

The city is hoping to have the new offerings in place by July 1, according to staff.

Mayor Barbara Payne has publicly said she is excited about the potential for expanded services, especially since Galtonians will not have to drive to Lodi or Elk Grove to receive services as the price of gas is going up.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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