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Photo: (L to R) Denise Ricci, Misty Skeen and Beatriz Chapman, who have all been with the Sharp Grossmont Care Clinic since it opened in 2018
April 11, 2024 (La Mesa) -- Misty Skeen was so sure she wanted a career in health care that she started volunteering in her local hospital’s emergency department when she was just 14 years old. Now, as a longtime Sharp employee and a lead nurse of the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic, she says she wouldn’t change a thing.
“I was very passionate about nursing as a profession and health care in general,” says Skeen, who continued volunteering throughout her time in nursing school. “I thought nursing would really suit me because I like interacting with patients and families and having the time to help educate them while we form that personal connection.”
The Care Clinic, which serves patients with urgent, non-life-threatening medical needs, opened its doors at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in April 2018. Skeen, who has been with the clinic from the beginning, says her favorite thing about their work is that they make a positive impact on the community every day.

“Our team is here to give really great care, and we try to make it easy, quick and accessible,” Skeen says. “I think that’s unique, especially in post-COVID health care.”
Patients can visit the Care Clinic for everyday illnesses and minor injuries that would typically require an urgent care visit, such as experiencing a persistent cough, flu symptoms, sprains or minor burns.
Dynamic, convenient care
Photo: The Sharp Grossmont Hospital Care Clinic opened in April of 2018
Since its opening six years ago, the clinic has also expanded to include other specialties when the hospital identifies a need for additional care or support. This includes follow-up visits for stroke and orthopedic patients.
“We’ve been able to be a very dynamic group,” Skeen says. “When a patient leaves the hospital with a certain diagnosis, but they can't get in to see their primary care physician or specialist to continue care, they can end up getting sick again and having to go back to the hospital. So having a bridge-type program where they're able to come here to get that follow-up care makes all the difference.”
The clinic initially opened in hopes of reducing wait times for patients who typically seek treatment in the emergency room for minor care issues, says Carolyn Fransway, manager of the Care Clinic. Since then, it has served more than 70,000 people seeking quick, accessible care when they need it most.
“Our walk-in clinic is unique because we’re able to provide immediate care seven days a week, 12 hours a day,” Fransway says. “It’s a great alternative to an emergency room visit for people with everyday illnesses and minor injuries.”
Fransway says she’s proud of the growth her team has seen. She hopes the clinic will continue to expand and maintain the high-quality services and accelerated care they provide to the local community.

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Excellent staff !

I've been a patient at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa several times over the last twenty something years. As a senior, I'll say that everyone there are great people. Professional, caring, and so much more... I've had a much needed spinal surgery, in addition to emergency care a couple times. Everyone involved in my care each time were awesome! Thank you everyone !

Thank you Sharp Grossmont!

My dad just had a stent put in and his energy level has increased TREMENDOUSLY since then. He was attributing his lethargy to depression, but it turned out he simply wasn't getting enough blood to wherever it was you put the stent. Thank you soooooo much Sharp Grossmont!

It's good to know you have a primary care clinic where you can make an appointment and save time and money versus the emergency room.

Keep up the excellent quality of care!!! :) And thanks for helping my dad!!! So many times you go in for chest pain and do an EKG and things are just fine, but this time, you discovered a blockage and were able to help TREMENDOUSLY- I was so worried that he could barely hold a conversation; he/we blamed depression but really it was his heart. Thanks for getting to the root cause.