Caja says former hospital is not going to be sold

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said Thursday that it is considering moving local health service into the former Hospital St. Vicente de Paul in Heredia.

Gabriela Murillo Jenkins, the man in charge of infrastructure and technology for the Caja, said that the security ministry had shown an interest in the building as a possible police headquarters. But he said the location would be used for the Área de Salud Heredia-Cubujuquí.

The union that represents Caja employes said this week that the health organization was about to sell the former hospital and outlined plans by Mario Zamora Cordero, the minister of Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, to use the facility for his employees.

Murillo Jenkins insisted that there were no plans to sell or give away the building. A new hospital recently opened in Heredia to replace the former hospital that was inaugurated in 1890.

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