Ting Comments on Sale of Non-Profit Hospitals to Prime Healthcare

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement about the sale of non-profit hospitals run by the Daughters of Charity to Prime Healthcare.  Three of the hospitals in question serve residents of the Bay Area: Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Seton Coastside in Moss Beach, and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose.  Ting’s statement follows.

“There are red flags that we will have to monitor to protect the community.  The sale of these hospitals comes with a change in mission away from serving working families, which could result in profits having greater priority than people.  And, this change comes at a challenging time just as we are getting more Californians enrolled in healthcare through Covered California.  The concern may become that residents have coverage but they cannot access healthcare services in Northern San Mateo County.  It is getting harder and harder for working people to make a home in the Bay Area.  We have seen the housing market drive working families from their homes and I hope this trend is not accelerated by today’s sale.”

Contact: Anthony Matthews, tel. (916) 319-2019, anthony.matthews@asm.ca.gov