MedicAlert, a business founded in Turlock that over the past 60 years has revolutionized the medical information industry, will soon be leaving town.
The company announced that it will be moving its operations to a 15,000-square-foot building in Salida, near Highway 99.
"We worked with City officials to find a spot in Turlock, but there wasn't anything that fit our needs," said MedicAlert Communications Manager Jillian Price.
MedicAlert will lease a Pirrone Court building in Salida, next to Brandman University. Price said the new location will be big enough to keep all of MedicAlert's operations, including the manufacturing of the iconic bracelets and other products, the 24-hour call center and administration all under one roof.
Price said all employees will be moving to the new location by March 15 and MedicAlert is developing a car pool program to help workers who live in and around Turlock make the 25-mile commute to Salida.
In January, MedicAlert Foundation sold its building on the corner of Colorado Avenue and Tuolumne Road to Turlock Christian Schools for $4.55 million.
The Colorado Avenue building will be Turlock Christian Schools' first standalone campus and is expected to house elementary classrooms, an extension of the school’s preschool program and a transitional kindergarten program, along with a computer and media lab, multipurpose room, library and robotics and technology centers.
The sale of the Turlock building and move to a leased building in Salida comes after MedicAlert reduced its workforce from 91 to 60 in early 2015, and welcomed new CEO David Leslie in June 2015.
MedicAlert Foundation began in 1956 after Turlock resident Linda Collins had a near fatal reaction to a doctor-administered tetanus antitoxin. The Collins family had a desire to prevent a similar medical emergency in the future and that became the inspiration for the medical bracelets worn by individuals around the globe.
Price said MedicAlert is planning special events to celebrate its 60-year anniversary.