Richmond residents are encouraged to call into a telephone town hall meeting next week to learn about plans to prevent Doctors Medical Center in San Bruno from closing.
The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and will be attended by hospital staff and elected leaders. See the flyer below for more information.
The safety-net hospital has been losing money for years, as many of its patients are covered by Medi-Cal, which pays hospitals a lower rate than most insurance plans.
The financial crisis could force the hospital’s closure as soon as this year, officials say.
The closure would “put the life of every West County resident in danger,” DMC doctors said, as the hospital receives more than 60-percent of ambulance traffic in the region. Not only would it take longer for residents to reach another emergency room, wait times at other hospitals would drastically increase, according to the campaign to save DMC.
To prevent a closure, Doctors Medical Center’s governing board approved a vote-by-mail parcel tax election in May. The tax, which would cost the owner of a 1,500-square-foot home about $210 per year, would raise $20 million annually for the hospital.
The hospital already receives $10.9 million annually from parcel taxes that passed in 2004 and 2011, according to The Contra Costa Times.
The rescue plan also reportedly includes leasing a part of the hospital’s parking lot to neighboring San Pablo Lytton Casino for $5 million. DMC officials were also reportedly in talks with the University of California at San Francisco regarding a possible partnership.
Crime | Oct 20, 2015
A 31-year-old Richmond woman was sentenced to 21 years in state prison Tuesday for fatally shooting a 16-year-old ex-boyfriend who …
Jobs | Jan 26, 2016
Starting Feb. 1, Chevron will begin accepting applications for Operator Trainee positions at the Richmond Refinery, the company announced today. …
Crime | Nov 18, 2015
The woman pictured is wanted by police in connection with the violent robbery of an El Cerrito High student on …
Crime | Jul 14, 2015
A man was killed and a 17-year-old critically injured after shots rang out at the Monterey Pines Apartments complex in …
Crime | Sep 6, 2016
The community is mourning the deaths of an 18-year-old and her unborn child following a shooting in San Pablo Monday …
Recent News | Feb 7, 2014
Although the US Postal Service says only a small percentage of packages end up lost or delayed at its national …