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September 21, 2012


pat giorni

Acute Rehab, Dialysis, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and now the Mills Emergency Room. What services will be removed, subcontracted or relocated out of county next? You can count on the helicoptor landing pad going unreplaced on the Peninsula/Trousdale campus when Sutter applies to rebuild the back parking lot.

If you have questions, attend the Peninsula Health Care District meeting:
Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:45
B'game City Hall Council Chambers

Speak up at Item 4--Oral Communications and get 3 minutes to ask "What Next?" Because of the Brown Act, the Directors can't answer or engage in dialog. So stick around for Item 6--Committee Reports, B. Sutter Oversight/Building Committee and ask Dr. Newman what next service is slated for the ax. Ask if it's possible that Mills could be shuttered without Sutter going into paramount default on the Peninsula Campus. Don't be shy; raise a hand or call out to make your comment before the Chair moves on to the next item. There are generally no speakers cards available. In fact, you might want to note in Oral Communication that you wish to be heard later on Item 6.

It is time to think about hospital service Now, before you really need it.


Though not on a par with the aforementioned topics, wasn't there supposed to be a piece of art (sculpture) placed in the front landscaping?

pat giorni

I have asked Councilman Brownrigg to look into it, as well as asking the Planning Commission whatever happened to the proposed installation. It is also on Jim Nantell's radar.


From today's DJ...more union meddling that really has nothing to do with charity but rather union pay. While we are at it, how much tax do unions pay?????

SACRAMENTO — Some of California’s most powerful unions are pressuring nonprofit hospitals to prove that they provide enough charitable care to justify their tax-exempt status.

The California Nurses Association is pushing legislation that would set statewide standards for what hospitals can count as charity care. Under the bill, a hospital would have to show why it should keep its nonprofit status if revenue exceeds spending by more than 10 percent.

Hospitals also would be fined if they fail to submit timely reports detailing their charity care.

The nurses and other labor groups supporting the bill say the tax benefits the hospitals receive as nonprofit organizations are far larger than the value of their charitable work. The groups also say hospitals currently count their charity care in different ways, making it difficult to compare the efforts.

“It’s so broadly defined, it’s extremely hard to actually measure precisely how much community benefit or lack thereof the hospitals are putting back in the community,” said Bonnie Castillo, legislative director for the nurses union.

The California Labor Federation, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California Domestic Workers Coalition also support the bill.

The organization representing hospitals in the state says it’s unfair to look solely at a hospital’s costs and revenue because a wider margin in a given year might be needed to cover updates to a facility or subsidize a struggling clinic under the same ownership.

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?type=wnews&title=Hospitals’ nonprofit status questioned by large unions&id=1766271


Here's an news item that goes to the staffing issue:



A new nursing contract wins the vote:

Registered nurses at Mills-Peninsula Health Services hospitals in San Mateo and Burlingame overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract Wednesday after negotiating with Sutter Health for more than 18 months.

The contract affects 700 nurses at the two facilities.

The agreement provides across-the-board pay increases for all Mills-Peninsula registered nurses of at least 20 percent over the next four years, with additional pay based on years of service, that can bring the increases up to 25 percent, according to the California Nurses Association.

About 92 percent of the Sutter nurses voted in favor of the collective bargaining agreement.


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