San Mateo Long-Term Health Care Center Faces Closure
On Thursday, San Mateo County health service officials said they plan to recommend that the county Board of Supervisors close the Burlingame Long-Term Care Center because of the nearly 49-year-old facility's age and because the county faces $9 million in state budget cuts. County Health System Chief Jean Fraser said that state and federal funding covered the cost of operating the 230-patient facility last year and that the recommendation is "a policy decision," adding, "The state doesn't support our type of nursing." The Board of Supervisors is expected to reach a final decision by Feb. 14. If the board accepts the recommendation, the facility would close within the next 16 months.
- "200 Facing Layoff as San Mateo County Closes Long-Term Care Center" (Melvin, San Jose Mercury News, 1/5).