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Elected Leaders, Government Officials Join Consumer, Business and Other Organizations Urging Approval of Sale

January 18, 2015

Consumer groups, business and healthcare organizations, environmentalists, physicians and community activists were among the growing chorus of supporters who joined together this week to urge the California Attorney General to approve the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services.

The overwhelming wave of organizational support at public hearings and rallies around the state comes on top of the more than 28,000 people who have signed petitions and written letters urging Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the six Daughters of Charity Hospitals and medical foundation to Prime Healthcare.

“We are immensely gratified by this public showing of support from every corner of our communities,” said Robert Issai, President and CEO of DCHS. “It’s clear that outside of the leadership of a single union, the SEIU-UHW, people everywhere understand the importance of approving the sale and saving our hospitals from closure or bankruptcy.”

Hours of testimony taken by Attorney General representatives during the public hearings made it clear that a vast majority of informed advocates and organizations embrace the sale of DCHS to Prime Healthcare, a nationally recognized healthcare organization with a reputation for turning around financially distressed hospitals while retaining high quality care.

Thousands of hospital employees, including members of the California Nurses Association, turned out to support Prime’s bid to purchase DCHS.

Some members of the SEIU-UHW throughout DCHS strongly oppose the efforts of SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan to prevent the sale to Prime Healthcare. A petition signed by hundreds of members of SEIU at O’Connor Hospital and Saint Louise Regional Hospital was presented to the Attorney General.

“I took the time to read the documents sent to the Attorney General and I know what’s going on here,” said Frank Roeth, a 29-year employee of O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and former SEIU chief steward. “Prime is really the right choice. Regan is only interested in politics, expanding membership and getting more power. He’s gambling with our futures.”

Support for Sale Across the State

More than 25 current and former elected officials from throughout California wrote letters or pledged to testify in favor of the sale at the hearings, which are being held as part of the Attorney General review of the proposal. Meanwhile, organizations statewide – including Consumer Watchdog, the Sierra Club and numerous Chambers of Commerce – urged the Attorney General to sign off on the sale.

“Prime Healthcare Services truly has been an asset to Redding,” said Rick Bosetti, Mayor of Redding, where Prime Healthcare saved Shasta Regional Medical Center from closure. “And I believe Prime would be an asset to any area looking to provide quality health care, needed medical services and jobs.”

Since the hearings, the sale has continued to receive strong support from local and national medical groups, including the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Alliance of Catholic Health Care, the Santa Clara County Medical Association and the San Mateo County Medical Association.

Other government officials who support the sale include:

State Senator Bob Huff
Congressman Paul Cook
Montclair Mayor Paul S. Eaton
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
Assemblyman Chad Mayes
State Senator Mike Morrell
State Senator Jim Nielsen
Congresswoman Mimi Walters
State Senator Sharon Runner (retired)
Assemblyman Marc Steinorth
Board of Equalization Member George Runner
Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel (retired)
Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey
San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford
San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood
Chino Mayor Dennis Yates
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
Inglewood Mayor James Butts, Jr.
Montclair Councilman Bill Ruh
Gilroy Councilmember Peter Leroe-Munoz
Chino Hills Mayor Cynthia Moran
Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock
Hesperia Mayor Francine Sullivan
Redding Mayor Rick Bosetti,
National City Mayor Ron Morrison
Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia
Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron
Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Stanton
Redding Vice Mayor Missy McArthur
Inglewood Councilman Alex Padilla
Inglewood Councilman Ralph Franklin
Inglewood Councilman George Dotson

Organizations that have written Attorney General Harris or testified on behalf of the sale include:

San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Santa Clara County Medical Association
San Mateo County Medical Association
Daughters of Charity Health System medical staffs
Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce
Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
Pacifica Chamber of Commerce
Gilroy Economic Development Corporation
Foreign Consulates of Los Angeles
Korean Health Education, Information and Research Center
LA Unified School District, Nursing Division
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
Rio Hondo Vernon Rotary Club
Sierra Club
Consumer Watchdog
Food and Water Watch
National Organization for Women
SEIU-121RN (representing Southern California nurses)
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Alliance of Catholic Health Care