California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of April 17, 2009
Brotman Medical Center, Culver City
On Tuesday, Brotman Medical Center emerged from bankruptcy after securing $29 million in financing, including $23 million in loans from the Jewish Home for the Aging, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In exchange for the loan, Jewish Home received an option to buy land next to the hospital for the possible construction of a new senior living facility (Girion, Los Angeles Times, 4/15).
Community Hospital of Los Gatos
On April 10, the Community Hospital of Los Gatos closed its doors, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The closing means the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose's emergency department likely will see an influx of patient traffic (Peterson, San Jose Mercury News, 4/9).
Palomar Pomerado Health District
On April 9, the San Diego Planning Commission approved Palomar Pomerado Health District's plan to build a satellite medical center in Rancho Penasquitos, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The medical center will include a one-story wellness center and a two-story urgent care center.
The San Diego City council will schedule a meeting to discuss a required change of the zoning code for the construction site, formerly a church and school, from residential to light industrial (Lou, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/10).
San Carlos Hospital
Sutter Health has withdrawn funding for the proposed 24-hour emergency care hospital in San Carlos and is reconsidering when to begin construction, the Mercury News reports.
The $550 million project, approved by the city in October 2007, was set to begin in the spring or summer, and the facility was expected to open in 2013.
In an e-mail sent to the city on March 20, Sutter Health executives said they were freezing funding on all of their new state construction projects because of the economic climate (Rosenberg, San Jose Mercury News, 4/8).
UC-Davis Medical Center
A telephoned bomb threat on April 13 forced the evacuation of roughly 150 people, including 20 patients, from two UC-Davis Medical Center cancer treatment facilities, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The two buildings were reopened after the Sacramento County Sheriff Department's bomb sniffing K-9 teams cleared the areas (Kalb, Sacramento Bee, 4/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.