Employees hold vigil for bankrupt California hospitals

DALY CITY — The support of motorists honking their horns kept these nurses and health professionals warm as the held a vigil for Seton Hospital.

Seton is Daly City’s largest employer and serves as the main hospital for thousands in the area.

This past August, Verity Health System, owner of Seton and five other California hospitals, filed for bankruptcy.

Despite a statement from Verity Health System saying that the hospitals will remain open throughout the chapter 11 process, healthcare workers say they are concerned for their patients.

“We have probably the most giving, selfless, caring nursing staff that you could ever imagine. this is why this hospital separates itself from so many other hospitals,” says Dr. Robert Perez.

“We’re very optimistic so hopefully someone can buy our hospital. It’s a very good hospital. The nurses are great, the doctors are great, so please support us.”

San Mateo County supervisor David Canepa has been working with residents in the area along with Seton employees to form a task force focused on finding a way to keep the hospital open.

“When you have 87% Medicare/Medical patients using this hospital and you have commerical use as well. This is an issue where people are coming together and so the future buyers need to know that we’re all in, and we want to support them in making this a viable hospital,” said Supervisor David Canepa.

Canepa has already reached out to several private and non-profit organizations including Stanford health care and Sutter health to become potential buyers for Seton hospital.

Meanwhile, according to Verity, Santa Clara County had an initial bid of $235-million for two of the six facilities — O’Connor hospital and St. Louise regional.

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