Pinoy nurses fighting closure of Daly City critical care unit

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News Bureau

May 30, 2014

DALY CITY, Calif. – Yesterday afternoon, nurses and other hospital workers of the Seton Medical Center staged a vigil to protest the proposed closure of the emergency care services and critical care unit.

Tessie Cachola, a run staff nurse at Seton for 30 years said, “These nurses behind me, we are all nurses, and we want to keep the hospital open and to be of service to the community. There are a lot of senior citizens in the area especially Filipino people. This is 90 percent Filipino community so they should advocate that Seton will be an acute hospital.”

The Daughters of Charity Health System, which owns Seton, reportedly can longer afford to fund the services.

For more than a year, the hospital has reportedly actively searched for outside buyers.

These hospital workers and their union say management needs to act on it soon or else the community loses essential services and especially jobs.

Seton serves a predominantly Filipino community and the nurses say that without Seton fellow kababayans are at risk.

Co-President of the California Nurses Association Zenei Cortez says, “For us Filipinos it’s really vital to our community that this hospital stays open. Filipinos, as you all know, we are at high risk for hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and we need the health care. We need the doctors here. We need the nurses here. This is really vital to everyone’s health, everyone’s life.”

Melanie Santos has been working as a registered nurse at Seton since January of 2000.

She says that losing Seton would be more than losing a job.

“It makes me sad for everyone who works here but not just that, for the community,” said Santos. “If this hospital closes down all the patients have to go elsewhere. Personally, I had my children here. My grandma, my grandpa this is where they go. All my family members go here. If this closes down, I don’t know where we are going to go. That’s just my family but how about all the other families? There’s so many families here that really rely on this hospital.”

Daly City Mayor David Canepa joined nurses to help emphasize the alarm about the potential loss of hospital care.

“I just think it’s really important that people understand that this is the largest employer in Daly City and I have a fiduciary responsibility as the mayor of the city to ensure that Seton hospital stays here,” said Canepa.

Balitang America has tried to reach out to Seton hospital for comment. They have yet to respond.

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  • Max
    31 May 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

    This is what you expect if the hospital is being run by the UNION, they keep asking more pay raised from the Hospital management .The workers were force to give union dues, then the Union gives your money to the Democrat party..Asked from the Democrats… where are the jobs you had promised……

  • Fpj
    31 May 2014 at 2:21 am - Reply

    The communist, socialist union Democrats, destroyed the beautiful California. Filipinos moved and concentrated in Houston, Texas. So many Hospital,Hotel etc. jobs are available.Common sense approached, 75% of California businesses, like Toyota manufacturing plant , moved to Texas.The state has no state tax and more business friendly compared to California, Texas is a Republican conservative controlled State.

  • Kikay Pang0
    31 May 2014 at 3:25 am - Reply

    Too many Filipino workers in one business is bad …. All they do at the job site are non stop gossiping., At the end of their shift they take home small loots with them……. hospital supplies.

    • JRB
      1 June 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

      @Kikay Pang0 your right in your comment 100%, yes they all nonstop gossiping and stand around doing nothing. And can’t wait to go home. And when at home they only gossiping about how hard they work? Close them all down and make them find a real job. Welcome to the real world, if you can’t take the real American dream go back home from where you all came from?

      • leyteboy
        1 June 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

        How did you get here asshole? “Ginatas” petitioned by illiterate insensitive parents who indoctrinated as such! You’re a moron!

    • leyteboy
      1 June 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

      We pinoys pride ourselves as the best healthcare professionals in the entire world! The hospital is catering Fil-Ams like you and is closing for lack of funds and not by gossiping or stealing as you have thought. It’s just too offensive and disrespectful! So, shut your kiki full of thumbnails you stole from a back office!!!

  • Enigma
    31 May 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Democrats are death panel party , they kill all the jobs , californians keep voting for demonrats every election and jobs will be wipe out .

  • kuya
    31 May 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Manny P is interested……

  • Victor
    31 May 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Truly it is sad that about this news.California is a nice state to live in but with the current way that things are going in this state we might join Michigan in the near future.Money is becoming a problem with any Democrat govern state.They tax the very people that create jobs so much that many companies are moving out.Then comes the union.Unions are necessary to counter any abusive employers but with the company teetering it is wisely not to rock the boat so that it may survive which the union do not understand.