Patients Protest The Closing Of Last Sub-Acute Nursing Unit In San Francisco
The closure comes as part of California Pacific Medical Center's decision to demolish St. Luke’s Hospital to comply with earthquake building codes.
Families Fight Closure Of Nursing Unit In San Francisco
Sub-acute nursing units treat patients with complex medical needs, such as tracheostomies, sometimes for months or even years. The patients don’t need as much care as a regular “acute” hospital patient, but do need a level of skilled nursing care that is difficult to provide at home. Richard [Anderson], for example, has congestive heart failure and diabetes. St. Luke’s is the last hospital in San Francisco with a sub-acute unit, and parent company Sutter Health has plans to close it by the end of the year. (Klivans, 9/7)