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San Clemente’s Saddleback Memorial hospital shuts its doors
Orange County Register

After more than four decades of service, San Clemente’s 73-bed hospital shut down at 11:59 p.m. Monday, its owners announced.

Tony Struthers, hospital administrator, said in an e-mail that the closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente at 654 Camino de los Mares followed a detailed operational and patient transition plan that MemorialCare Health System worked out with state regulators and the county’s emergency medical services agency.

MemorialCare had decided that the small community hospital was not viable and had announced a plan in 2014 to replace it with a comprehensive outpatient medical campus with advanced emergency care.