Stop healthcare corporate greed: Save St. Luke’s Hospital sub-acute and skilled nursing services!

Sutter CPMC recently announced plans to close the skilled nursing and sub-acute units at St. Luke’s Hospital. Because of a shortage of other skilled nursing or sub-acute options in San Francisco,  44 frail patients will be transferred outside of the city, including places as far away as Sacramento, which will make it extremely difficult for family and friends to be part of their support.

St. Luke’s currently operates much-needed skilled nursing and sub-acute units that provide comprehensive inpatient care designed for adults with high needs, such as ventilator care. Patients in sub-acute care often need very long-term or even lifetime care, and are among the most vulnerable patients in our community.

The closure of the St. Luke’s skilled nursing and sub-acute unit will lead to devastating impacts on 44 frail patients, their families and up to 122 healthcare workers. Further, the loss of these beds accelerates a growing deficit of SNF/sub-acute beds citywide. In fact, a 2016 comprehensive report prepared by the San Francisco Post-Acute Care Project for the San Francisco Public Health Commission projects a sharply increasing deficit of beds per 1,000 San Francisco residents: the report projects that San Francisco will need to increase the current supply of SNF beds by nearly 70% to meet future needs.

Support this urgent struggle for healthcare justice for our most vulnerable community members:

1. Turnout and speak during public comment at the SF Health Commission hearing on the closure of St. Luke’s skilled nursing and sub-acute units on Tues, Aug. 15th at 4pm at 101 Grove St. Room #300. Here are the CPMC coalition’s draft action demands that you can refer to in your public comments. The meeting agenda is here.  Download an outreach flyer here.

2. Turnout to the press conference with families of St. Luke’s patients, nurses, City leaders and the CPMC coalition on Tues, Aug. 15th at 3pm at SF City Hall, Polk Street steps.

3. Send an email to Sutter CPMC CEO Warren Browner and share JWJ’s online action (template email message provided): http://bit.ly/2tErHlM

4. Join the CPMC coalition that’s fighting the closure of these critical services and continuing our work to hold Sutter CPMC accountable following our big community benefits victory in 2013.  Contact Gordon Mar at gordon@jwjsf.org or (415) 840-7420 for more info about how to get involved.

5. Join the Healthy California Campaign to win universal single payer healthcare for all Californians that includes long-term care. Underlying causes of the St. Luke’s issue and the growing crisis in access to post-acute care are low Medicaid reimbursement rates and the lack of other financing for these critical services. We must create a healthcare system based on community needs not corporate profits! Join the Healthy California Campaign here.

SF Chronicle, 7/26/17: SF supes demand Sutter Health keep long-term beds in Missiond

Mission Local, 7/26/17: Community united against removal of care units from St. Luke’s Hospital

SF Examiner, 7/26/17: Dumping mom and dad out of county (op-ed)