Lawmakers want AG to probe Sutter Health

State Senator Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and a dozen other Northern California state lawmakers wrote to state Attorney General Jerry Brown today, asking that he investigate the business practices of Sutter Health – the latest salvo in the battle to keep San Leandro Hospital and its emergency room open.

The letter asks the Attorney General to investigate whether Sutter Health has a pattern of using assets and profits of county, district and private safety net hospitals to its own benefit and to the detriment of the surrounding community.

Corbett hosted a town hall meeting last night in San Leandro; she says more than 300 people were there to show support for keeping the hospital and ER open, and some raised questions about Sutter Health’s activities at hospitals in San Francisco and Marin County as well.

“It’s clear that there is a strong community will to support the hospital and emergency room. Residents want to know why Sutter is not listening to them,” Corbett said in her news release. “I am asking the Attorney General to investigate their practices and protect the health and welfare of our citizens. I am grateful so many of my colleagues have joined in my request; it shows that many members of the legislature are concerned about Sutter’s actions in communities throughout the state.”

Besides Corbett, those signing the letter included state Senators Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; Mark Leno, D-San Francisco; Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa; and Leland Yee, D-San Francisco; as well as Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco; Jim Beall Jr., D-San Jose; Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata; Joe Coto, D-San Jose; Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa; Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley; Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael; and Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.


  1. Medical care is a right, not a privilege, as all good progressives know. Why not let the enlightened proggies run the ER and thus set an example of sound medical care delivery. Look how well the proggies handled the budget problems!

  2. RR, that’s hilarious! Let the inmates run the asylum!

    I know that Sutter Delta has to suck up tens of millions of dollars in medical services at its ER to illegal aliens and the uninsured, plus at its new facility it operates to reduce the load on their ER.

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