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Lawmakers want AG to probe Sutter Health

By Josh Richman
Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 3:16 pm in Assembly, California State Senate, Ellen Corbett.

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.

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  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    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!

  • Arne Simonsen

    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.