Submit 30-second online petition: Save O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals
Join over 550 others! Submit a petition to stop the shutdown of two hospitals in Santa Clara County. Watch a video here.
Please use the form below to submit a petition to the California Attorney General. The petition requests that he stop his efforts that would unfortunately force the shutdown of two Santa Clara County hospitals by blocking their sale to the County of Santa Clara. The petition notes that you, along with residents of Santa Clara County and California, will not forget if the two hospitals are shut down due to his efforts to block the sale. The text of the petition is listed below the form.
TEXT OF YOUR PETITION BELOW
Dear California Attorney General,
By signing this Petition, I petition you to stop your efforts that would unfortunately force the shutdown of two Santa Clara County hospitals by blocking their sale to the County of Santa Clara. I, along with residents of Santa Clara County and California, will not forget if the two hospitals are shut down due to your efforts to block the sale.
YOUR PERSONAL MESSAGE WILL BE LISTED HERE
According to San Jose Inside on 1/25/19: “‘Attorney General Becerra has rejected all of our good-faith efforts to resolve his objections to the county purchasing the hospitals,’ County Executive Jeff Smith said into a bank of media microphones set up on a patio outside the County Government Center in San Jose. Smith, a lawyer and doctor, warned that ‘if O’Connor and Saint Louise hospitals close, communities in the county would lose significant access to critical healthcare. The closurs … will very likely mean that some people will suffer needless delay in obtaining critical healthcare and such delays may imperil lives.’
The $235 million sale of O’Connor and Saint Louise hospitals was approved late last month by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Los Angeles, who also overruled objections by Becerra to the county’s acquisition of the two hospitals. The attorney general has appealed that decision to U.S. District Court, and is asking the bankruptcy judge to stay his ruling pending the outcome of the appeal, which could take months. A hearing on his stay request is set for Jan. 30, with a ruling expected as early as Feb. 1.
Any delay would be fatal to the two hospitals, because the county’s purchase agreement expires March 1, and there are no other offers on the table.”
End of San Jose Inside 1/25/19 article content.
According to the Mercury News on 1/24/19: “Officials said the closure of St. Louise will hurt a south county population that is largely Latino, has a high rate of health problems and has a higher mortality rate from diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes than the county’s overall population. O’Connor Hospital has 358 hospital beds and St. Louise has 93.
‘The nearest emergency medical center is 25, 30 miles away,’ said Rich Constantine, mayor of Morgan Hill. ‘The actions of Attorney General Becerra are literally putting a wall around south county.’
After Verity Health filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, more than 100 organizations reportedly looked into buying parts of the health system. The county was the only bidder for O’Connor and St. Louise hospitals, and the sale has since been approved by the bankruptcy court and is set to close in March.
Smith said more than 2,000 employees of O’Connor and Saint Louise have applied for the open positions created by the county, in anticipation of the takeover this spring, and approximately 700 physicians are ready to join the expanded county hospital system. Smith said that over the next few weeks, the county will expend significant staff and financial resources to review and process job applications and onboard the physicians to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center medical staff by the Feb. 28 deadline.
If Becerra gets his stay order, hundreds of employees would lose their jobs and hundreds of physicians would lose their contracts, Smith said.”
End of Mercury News 1/24/19 article content.
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You may not use my contact information for any purpose other than to respond (if you prefer) to my concern regarding the attempt to block the sale of these two hospitals to the County of Santa Clara, nor may you share my address with any other organization(s) or individual(s).
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