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Each of these blogs is edited by one or more members of the St. Luke's community.  


Updates on the future of St. Luke's:

     

    (09-25) 18:13 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Luke's Hospital, threatened with closure just a year ago, was reborn today when its governing board approved a plan to rebuild the facility.

    After months of community meetings, a blue ribbon panel earlier this summer recommended that the venerable Mission District facility be rebuilt as an acute care community hospital.

     

    There was a final hurdle: The board of directors of California Pacific Medical Center, which runs St. Luke's, needed to approve the recommendations and give the authorization to launch the planning process.

     

    Today, the board unanimously voted to build a new hospital on the existing St. Luke's campus. The board also endorsed a recommendation to maintain critical services at St. Luke's, including an emergency department, obstetrics and gynecology, an intensive care unit and urgent care as well as creating a new "center of excellence on senior health."

     

    "First-rate healthcare is a right not a privilege," said Dr. Martin Brotman, chief executive and president of California Pacific during a press briefing today. "This was a critically important vote."

     

    San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who was deeply involved in the community-wide effort to save St. Luke's, including serving on the blue ribbon panel, voiced relief at the vote.

    "In one year we have accomplished a lot of tremendous things," she said.

     

    Also singled out for special praise was Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Dr. Mitch Katz, the director of public health in San Francisco.

     

    "San Francisco used to have 16 hospitals 20 years ago - we are down now to only nine acute care hospitals," said Katz. "We can't afford to lose any."

     

    St. Luke's has been an important part of medical care in San Francisco for more than 130 years.

    Last October, California Pacific surprised and angered public officials and the community by announcing plans to downside the facility and turn it into an outpatient hub.

     

    Today, Brotman said Katz convinced him that St. Luke's patients were unlikely to seek medical services at other California Pacific campuses "and would put demands on San Francisco General that could not be met. That caused us to go back and think."

     

  •  San Francisco has only two hospitals South of Market: St. Luke's and San Francisco General.

    The size and other details of the new hospital have not yet been determined, but the blue ribbon panel suggested the new facility house 6o to 80 beds. Hospital building costs generally tally about $3 million per bed.

     

    But 60 beds is too few, said Jane Sandoval, a registered nurse at St. Luke's who is a leader in an ongoing contract battle between nurses and California Pacific.

     

    Dr. Bonita Palmer, who has worked for 17 years in the family practice department at St. Luke's, said the hospital staff and patients now can have renewed faith in the hospital's future.

     

    "The whole health-care system is in a crisis and this is a little piece of it," she said. "But we knew that if any city could do it, San Francisco could. This is the outcome we hoped for."

     

    E-mail Elizabeth Fernandez at efernandez@sfchronicle.com.
     

  • Statement of Support for the Blue Ribbon Panel Proposal From the St. Luke's Medical Executive Committee

    The St. Luke's Medical Executive Committee, on behalf of the Medical Staff, wishes to commend the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel and the leadership of the Right Reverend Marc Andrus, Dr. Martin Brotman, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Dr. Mitch Katz in creating this panel. We believe it serves as a visionary example of how community health planning can achieve goals that benefit all.

    The recommendation to build a new hospital on the St. Luke's campus while maintaining acute care services on site during construction is completely acceptable, and particularly laudable. The identified service lines have our support. We agree with the strategy to have the number of hospital beds follow the needs dictated by these service lines. We support the benefit of clinical integration of the two medical staffs with the eventual goal of possible merger. We call upon the Board of CPMC to adopt the recommendations of the BRP into the Institutional Master Plan.
     
  • San Francisco Chronicle Coverage of the Blue Ribbon Panel Proposal

    SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Luke's Hospital, a venerable San Francisco institution for more than a century, is facing new life after teetering on the brink of closure as a full-scale medical facility.This week, a special panel concluded four months of investigation by unanimously recommending that St. Luke's be rebuilt as an acute care community hospital.

    According to Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who has been a leader in San Francisco's fight to save the historic hospital, the panel is suggesting that the new facility, housing 60 to 80 beds, be constructed next to the existing site on Cesar Chavez Avenue. The old facility would remain open during the building process. It will come down only after the new hospital is built, Alioto-Pier said."This is really exciting," the supervisor said. "When this is done, we'll have to have a party on the top floor before any beds get moved in."Under a rough estimate, she said, the hospital would cost $120 million to be paid by California Pacific Medical Center which runs St. Luke's.

    Last year, California Pacific announced it would close the facility as an acute care hospital within a few years. Under such a scenario, only one full-service hospital would remain south of Market Street - San Francisco General - while 11 hospitals, and possibly a forthcoming 12th hospital, would exist north of Market.

    The panel's recommendation carries great weight because it involved a collaboration of municipal, business and labor representatives. Additionally, two members of California Pacific's board of directors served on the committee.

    In a statement Thursday, Mayor Gavin Newsom touted the "hard work and energy" of the panel's various participants and said he hoped California Pacific's directors "will concur with the group's findings."SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Luke's Hospital, a venerable San Francisco institution for more than a century, is facing new life after teetering on the brink of closure as a full-scale medical facility.This week, a special panel concluded four months of investigation by unanimously recommending that St. Luke's be rebuilt as an acute care community hospital.

    According to Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who has been a leader in San Francisco's fight to save the historic hospital, the panel is suggesting that the new facility, housing 60 to 80 beds, be constructed next to the existing site on Cesar Chavez Avenue. The old facility would remain open during the building process. It will come down only after the new hospital is built, Alioto-Pier said."This is really exciting," the supervisor said. "When this is done, we'll have to have a party on the top floor before any beds get moved in."Under a rough estimate, she said, the hospital would cost $120 million to be paid by California Pacific Medical Center which runs St. Luke's.

    Last year, California Pacific announced it would close the facility as an acute care hospital within a few years. Under such a scenario, only one full-service hospital would remain south of Market Street - San Francisco General - while 11 hospitals, and possibly a forthcoming 12th hospital, would exist north of Market.

    The panel's recommendation carries great weight because it involved a collaboration of municipal, business and labor representatives. Additionally, two members of California Pacific's board of directors served on the committee. 

    In a statement Thursday, Mayor Gavin Newsom touted the "hard work and energy" of the panel's various participants and said he hoped California Pacific's directors "will concur with the group's findings."
     

  •  MAYOR NEWSOM’S STATEMENT REGARDING ST. LUKE’S BLUE RIBBON PANEL

The recommendations produced by the St. Luke’s Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) reflect not only the needs and considerations of the communities and neighborhoods served by St. Luke’s Hospital for over 137 years, they also reflect the expertise and experience of local and national health experts and community leaders. Four months ago, it seemed that the closure of St. Luke’s Hospital, a vital health resource serving the southern half of our city, was eminent.

Thanks to the leadership of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Dr. Martin Brotman of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and the assistance of San Francisco Director of Public Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, experts and community leaders were convened in a Blue Ribbon Panel to consider how to best preserve access to acute care hospital services on the St. Luke’s campus. The result is a series of thoughtful, comprehensive recommendations for keeping St. Luke’s Hospital open and serving our most vulnerable residents.

I congratulate the BRP, co-chaired by Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese and Steven Shortell, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley, as well as the committed representatives from business, labor, community organizations, St. Luke’s Hospital, Supervisor Tom Ammiano’s office and national health planning and policy experts.

Their efforts produced a set of recommendations that had unanimous support from all BRP participants. I want also to thank S.E.I.U., the California Nurses Association and the full California Pacific Medical Center family who remained at the same table with so much at stake for their memberships. I am hopeful that the CPMC Board of Directors will appreciate the hard work. MORE 

  •  BLUE RIBBON PANEL SAVES ST. LUKE’S WITH GROUND BREAKING TEAMWORK

    San Francisco – When Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier heard CPMC would be closing St. Luke’s Hospital in 2009, she knew The City could not afford to lose this essential resource that had served San Francisco for over 137 years. She insisted a Blue Ribbon Panel be convened to evaluate strategies to preserve acute care services on the south side of The City. With Public Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, Alioto-Pier appointed a panel of experts and community leaders in health care, business, neighborhood organizations, non-profits, community and labor. This public-private collaboration met many times since March with the goal of developing a plan to preserve a home for St. Luke’s as an acute care hospital for the next hundred years and to secure access to health care for all San Franciscans no matter where they live. #Last evening, the Blue Ribbon Panel completed its’ mission and came to consensus on a unanimous recommendation to rebuild a viable acute care hospital at St. Luke’s.

    “It took 7 exhaustive meetings and several months, but we found a way to come together to protect a San Francisco treasure in St. Luke’s Hospital”, said Supervisor Alioto-Pier, “I am overwhelmingly proud of our efforts. This is the first time the SEIU, CNA and CPMC have been at the same table, working collaboratively and coming to consensus”.

    The Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations include: rebuilding a new acute care, community hospital on the St. Luke’s campus that will be a Center of Excellence in Community Health and will promote care models and community organizations that reduce the need for hospitalization. Services included should be those of greatest need to the surrounding community based on today’s needs: Urgent Care/Emergency/ICU, Medical/Surgical, low intervention Obstetrics and GYN, Pediatrics, a Center of Excellence on Senior Health and skilled nursing. The panel recommended merging CPMC and St. Luke’s medical and nursing staffs, and making the St. Luke’s campus an integral provider of primary and secondary care within the CPMC system. Download full news release of Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier as a PDF file.

  •  We Saved St. Luke's!

    “Blue Ribbon Panel” Concludes with Recommendations to Rebuild St. Luke’s Hospital as a “center of excellence” in community health

    The Blue Ribbon Panel, which included participants such as CNA, SEIU-UHW, St Luke’s doctors, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Supervisor Alioto-Pier, Catherine Dodd for the Mayor’s Office, Roma Guy for Supervisor Ammiano, and SF Public Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, unanimously recommended to the CPMC Board of Directors that CPMC rebuild St. Luke’s as an acute care hospital at the current site. The Panel also recommended that:

    The services to be included in the new hospital will include: ER, Urgent Care, ICU, Pediatrics, SNF, a Center of Excellence in low-intervention OB, Med/Surg (such as cardiology, respiratory), and Center of Excellence in Senior Health (such as ortho, rehab).
    Services and care will be maintained during construction.
    Every effort will be made toward staff recruitment and retention, including treating nurses well within CPMC.
    The preferred option is to build the new hospital on the space from the loading dock to the doctor’s parking lot.

    Next, the CPMC Board of Directors will decide whether to accept the recommendations, and in the fall there will be a hearing at City Hall to review what CPMC decides. We may still need to struggle over exact number of beds. MORE

     

  •  Update on Blue Ribbon Task Force

    You may want to take a look at this "Agreements" document as it now stands.

    Two Community Hearing very held June 3 and 5th to give feedback on the BRP's Agreements thus far. Minutes  of the June 3 hearing are available at Cesar Chavez Elementary School on the new Blue Ribbon Panel website www.blueribbonsf.com.

     
    The Panel will be moving ahead in future meetings to refine and revise this "Agreements" document to produced a final consensus proposal to the CPMC Board of Directors for the future of St. Luke's.
     
    Because the Panel is behind in its agenda, additional meetings of the Blue Ribbon Task Force have been announced....the remaining Blue Ribbon Panel Meetings are:
    • June 18th 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Grace Cathedral, Wilsey Conference Center
    • June 25th 12:00 - 2:00 P.M. Grace Cathedral, Wilsey Conference Center
    • July 1st 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Grace Cathedral, Wilsey Conference Center

      * All Panel meetings are open to the public

    We apologize for so posting so little news regarding the Blue Ribbon Panel on SaveStLukes.org. It was our expectation that all minutes would be published on the http://www.cpmcbeyondmedicine.com/ site, however, that has not yet happened, I believe, for administrative reasons. The Panel is restrained from speaking to the press, deferring to the Chair and Vice Chair as spokespeople. Only one press release has been published as yet which I have posted on our blog. Both Marc Snyder, and myself, however, have attended both meetings. Dr. Goel attended the first meeting as observers.

  • Blue Ribbon Panel Considering the Future of St. Luke’s Hears Community Input on Health Care Services in the South of Market Area  (media release in PDF file)

    (San Francisco, May 9, 2008) The Blue Ribbon Panel formed to help shape the future of  California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) health delivery approach for South of Market, including the future of St. Luke’s, held its third meeting today. The second of two data input sessions for the Panel, the bulk of the meeting was devoted to a presentation from the Panel’s Community Outreach Task Force.  
     

  •  Mission Statement for the Community Outreach Task Force

    CPMC has created a “Blue Ribbon” process to develop a viable plan for an acute
    care hospital and outpatient services at CPMC’s St. Luke’s campus, which
    complements and is supported by CPMC’s current institutional plan for its other
    campuses.
     
  •   April 10th Community Task Force Meeting in the Excelsior on the Future of St. Luke's

    Public Discussion April 10th from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Corpus Christi Church 62 Santa Rosa Ave, San Francisco, CA
    Please call 415-291-9506 for more information or go to
    www.cpmcbeyondmedicine.com/blue_ribbon

    The availability of affordable, accessible high quality health care is an issue for everyone in San Francisco. That is why, beginning this month, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Mitch Katz, M.D., Director of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, are convening a ‘blue ribbon’ panelof experts to look at the health care needs of San Francisco, and in particular the role that St.Luke’s plays in that. A special Community Task Force has been created to help the panel in its work. The Task Force will be responsible for gathering and presenting community input to the ‘blue ribbon’ panel. We would like you to be a part of this discussion as well.
     

  • April 1st Mission District Community Task Force Meeting

    Concerned about health care in San Francisco? Tell us what you think.
    Join the discussion about health care needs in San Francisco, including the future of St. Luke’s......
    Public Discussion on April 1st from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
    St Anthony-Immaculate Conception School
    299 Precita Street, San Francisco, CA
     
  • A Blue Ribbon Panel Update

    Note from blog editor: more information and schedules of meetings available at http://www.cpmcbeyondmedicine.com/

    This post was an e-mail sent to St. Lukes's doctors
    from William Miller, M.D., Chief Medical Executive, St. Luke's Hospital

    The Blue Ribbon Committee had its first meeting last week which went very well. Dr. Steve Shortell, the Chair of the Committee and Dean of the School of Public Health at Berkeley, established that the plan is to keep St. Luke's open as an acute care hospital and that the charge to the committee is to make recommendations on how to achieve that goal. Mr. Scott Minick, the CPMC President of the Board, echoed Dr. Shortell's statement, reiterating that the Board is committed to St. Luke's and is asking the committee to help it find a viable way to keep the hospital open in the context of the plans for the medical center's other campuses.
     
  • Blue Ribbon Panel Kicks Off Planning Process MINUTES OF FIRST MEETING
    Second Meeting Scheduled for April 16 (press release issued by BRP)

    (San Francisco, March 20, 2008) The Blue Ribbon Panel, which was formed to help shape the future of healthcare delivery South of Market, including the future of St. Luke’s Hospital, kicked off its discernment and recommendation process today with the first meeting of its 31 members -- leaders from San Francisco community, labor, local government, health care and business.

    The Blue Ribbon Panel has been established as an independent body to create a viable plan for acute care hospital and outpatient services at St. Luke’s, which complements and is supported by CPMC’s current institutional plan for all its San Francisco campuses and meets the healthcare needs of the communities served.

    Stephen M. Shortell, Ph.D., MPH, Dean and professor at the UC Berkeley, Chair of the Panel and the Rt. Reverend Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, Vice-Chair of the Panel presided over the open meeting with Convener San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier. More than 35 attendees from the public were present.
    "For ongoing information and the schedule of Community Meetings where you can give input into the Blue Ribbon Panel process for the future of St. Luke's Hospital go to www.cpmcbeyondmedicine.com"
     

  •  St. Luke’s Hast Thou Forgotten thy Mission?
    By Jonathan Farrell, Mar 18, 2008  The Mission Dispatch

    Sit-ins and candlelight vigils this past February got the attention of the SF Chronicle as it brought into focus the critical fact that St. Luke’s one of the city’s oldest and most vital hospitals faces a possible shut-down as a Blue Ribbon Committee gathers to determine its fate on March 20.

    Kevin McCormack Media Rep for California Pacific Medical Center one of the two corporate entities in control of St. Luke’s, sees the forming of a committee as a positive step.

    McCormack was enthusiastic when he talked to the Mission Dispatch about the forming of a Blue Ribbon Committee as he admitted he was biased about the idea.

    "I think having a committee is a great idea. It brings together all the experts that have lots of credibility. Their experience and knowledge will have a much deeper and wider scope of understanding."

    And with that, I am hoping they working all together as a committee will help turn St. Luke's around giving it the direction and help it needs," said McCormack

    Currently, there are over 20 people who have agreed to participate. It reads like a “who’s who” of the medical and business community; including some non-profits like The SF Foundation. Described as leaders in their given fields of expertise/experience. The list continues to grow until the series of meetings officially convene.

    Yet, activists and community leaders like Jane Martin of the Bernal Heights Community Center have reservations. “CPMC & Sutter Health has not been fully disclosing exactly what their plans are,” she said. This is why we have reservations about the Blue Ribbon Committee,” said Martin.

    Some fear that the committee will have more participants aligning with CPMC/Sutter than it will on the side of St. Luke’s. With many broad and sweeping points of view on the committee, would the needs of patients be swept way?

    The 138-year-old St. Luke’s serves a significant portion of the city’s population. Yet it is situated in the Mission, Bernal Heights and surrounding areas. These parts of the city consist of working class families, immigrants and low-income people.

    Activists and community leaders believe that CPMC/Sutter wants to close it down because it is not economically stable. Basically said, it costs money and does not have the financial return CPMC/Sutter expects.

    “Most of the patients are MediCal, MediCare or simply uninsured,” said Dr. Benita Ann Palmer, MD who feels very connected to St. Luke’s. “The doctors and staff here are committed, they know that if they work here, they are not out to make money but to serve the community, especially the under-served,” she said.

    Which brings to light the question, what is St. Luke’s losing money on? Exactly, what costs are causing a concern for CPMC/Sutter? St. Luke’s is a non-profit hospital originally founded by the Episcopalian Diocese of SF in 1871. Its mission is to serve the poor. MORE

  •  Meeting Dates Announced for Blue Ribbon panel

    Blue Ribbon Panel will convene Thursday, March 20 , 12-2pm in the Grace Cathedral Wilsey Conference Center, located on Taylor Street between Sacramento and California, .

     The panel will hold meetings on the following dates

    • Meeting #1 – March 20
    • Meeting #2 – April 16
    • Meeting #3 – May 8
    • Meeting #4 – May 19
    • Meeting #5 - June 3
    • Meeting #6 – June 18
       
  • St. Luke's Doctors to Give Input to Blue Ribbon Panel Plans for the Future of the Hospital

    The Blue Ribbon Committee examining the future of St Luke's will receive input from the community through a series of forum meetings involving various stake holder groups. March 19th will be the opportunity for St. Luke's Medical Staff to give its input und opinions on the health care needs in the south of Market areas. Steve Lockhart, John Golenski, and Nancy Shemick will lead the forum and record comments made for presentation to the Blue Ribbon Committee which has its first meeting on March 20th at Grace Cathedral, California and Taylor Woolsey Conference Center.

    This is our first chance to affect the outcome or this process determining the future of our hospital. We are asking for a second date as well for doctors who can’t get to this mee6ng, however, due to the large number of interested parties that need input, a second meeting cannot he guaranteed at this time.
     

  • San Francisco Paramedics: Keep St. Luke's Emergency Room Open

    The emergency medical services system in the city has seen an increase of wait times by ambulance patients over the past few years. Correspondingly the number of emergency departments available in the system has also decreased. The situation may be especially exacerbated by a possible closure of the Saint Luke’s Hospital emergency department. If Saint Luke’s was to lose its emergency services availability, the remaining emergency department immediately available to the southern half of county will be at San Francisco General Hospital. A “diversion” of an ambulance carrying an emergent patient from SFGH to another facility may mean a delay of another 20 to 30 minutes for that patient.

  • St. Luke's/California Campus CNA Leaders Ask CPMC Board to Support Them in Their Contract Fight

After months of negotiations we continue to remain far apart on contract settlement because of the refusal of the management team to compromise on their final offer that nurses have to reject. Nurses have helped CPMC rank in the top percentiles for patient care and satisfaction because of the outstanding care we provide to our patients, while often sacrificing our own health and safety. See a summary of our proposals, many of which are standard for CNA union contracts.

The list of community, government, health, business and labor leaders who have committed themselves to helping plan out the future for St. Luke’s is continuing to grow.

  • Update on Blue Ribbon Panel and Community Taskforce Members

  • Blue Ribbon Panel Latest  More names added to list of experts planning for future of St. Luke’s
     
  •  Update on the Blue Ribbon Panel Process of 2/21

  • SF Chronicle report: St. Luke's Outrage

    Proposed changes may leave the area south of Market Street with only one full-service hospital.
  • Latest Update on the Blue Ribbon Panel Process

    San Francisco, CA (February 13, 2008) - Under the guidance of Supervisor Michela Alioto-¬Pier and Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of San Francisco's Department of Public Health a public-¬private planning process is being developed to ensure California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) plays its appropriate part in promoting the health care needs of all San Franciscans. A "Blue Ribbon" panel of leaders in health, business, conmunity, and labor is being convened to develop a viable plan for acute care hospital and outpatient services at CPMC's St. Luke's campus which complements and is supported by CPMC's current institutional plan for its other campuses.

    We are pleased that Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, Dean and professor at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley has agreed to chair the panel. He will be joined by the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California is as vice-chair.

  • Outer Mission Residents Association Speaks Out for St. Luke's

  • Blue Ribbon Panel Update: Dr. Steve Lockhart, CPMC Community Liaison to the Panel: We are pleased that Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, Dean and professor at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley has agreed to chair the panel. He will be joined by the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California as Vice Chair. A partial  list of panel members (those who have agreed to serve as of this posting) can be found here.

  • Blue Ribbon Panel on St. Luke's Future - From the February 2008 edition of the St. Luke’s Medical Staff Newsletter, Heartbeat

    A Blue Ribbon Panel is being formed to develop a plan under which St. Luke's could remain open as a viable in-patient facility. This is coming about as a result of the shared leadership and vision of City Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, Public Health Director Dr. Mitch Katz, and our CEO, Dr. Martin Brotman. The Panel's charter states clearly the common goal as follows, "… an inclusive public-private planning process that will ensure that CPMC bears its appropriate share of responsibility for the health care needs of all San Franciscans. To that end, CPMC is convening a "Blue Ribbon" panel of leaders in health, business, community, and labor to develop a plan for acute care hospital and outpatient services at CPMC's St. Luke's campus which complements and is supported by CPMC's current institutional plan for its other campuses." (italics added)
    The Charity Care Report for 2006 is available on the DPH Website at the following link: http://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/reports/PolPlanRpts.asp.
     
  • Candlelight Vigil at St. Luke's February 13, Eve of the planned transition from a level II NICU to a Special Care Nursery

    Community outrage about plans to close St. Luke’s Hospital is making Sutter CMPC nervous! They have announced a taskforce to review the future of the hospital, but they have not taken their plan to close the hospital off the table. CPMC is still reducing services while trying to get their taskforce process underway. More community action and public attention is needed. Join the Coalition to Save St. Luke’s for a community candlelight vigil. The announcement is below and flyers are attached. We will be having another big coalition meeting in the upcoming month.
     
  •  Blue ribbon panel to discuss hospital's future, Fog City Journal,  A "blue ribbon panel" of hospital officials and community members will likely convene in February to consider the future of St. Luke's Hospital, an acute-care facility serving many low-income minority and elderly residents of San Francisco's lower Mission and South of Market neighborhoods.

    Officials with the California Pacific Medical Center, which began overseeing St. Luke's in 2007, told a committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday that the panel would include representatives of the business, medical and labor communities, as well as the medical center.

    California Pacific Medical Center officials are attempting to quell fears by some residents that their hospital services will diminish, or even that the hospital will be closed.

    The center's spokesman, Kevin McCormack, said Thursday that there are no plans to close the hospital, rather the panel will consider whether the hospital's acute care services will remain - and if so, in what form - or be transferred to other locations, he said. "The basic patient care that's always been there, that stays," said McCormack. Photo  by Luke Thomas

     

  • Sutter, medical center and SF city officials agree to study St. Luke's Sacramento Business Journal - by Chris Rauber Staff writer - San Francisco city officials and hospital giant Sutter Health and its California Pacific Medical Center -- which run St. Luke's Hospital -- have agreed to create a panel to help "determine the future" of the troubled safety-net hospital by this June, according to CPMC and the city.
     

  •  United Healthcare Workers Skeptical of Planning Process for St. Luke's Healthcare workers skeptical of planning process for St. Luke's UHW praises city officials' efforts, questions Sutter's intentions. Sal Rosselli, President of SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West (UHW), representing 1,200 caregivers employed by CPMC and St. Luke's Hospital, said this.
     
  •  Blue Ribbon Panel Being Formed to Save St. Luke's: Press Conference 11 AM January 23: Supervisor Alioto-Pier and Dr. Mitch Katz will host a press conference tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in front of St. Luke's Hospital. The pressc onference will outline the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel with the goal to keep St. Luke's open as a viable acute care hospital. Both the Supervisor and Dr. Katz have reached an agreement with CPMC on a process to maintain St. Luke's. Key leaders in health care, such as yourselves, as well as business, community and labor leaders (including CNA and SEIU) will be invited to participate in the Blue Ribbon Panel to develop a plan to basically save St. Luke's.

  • Hearing on Closure of 10th Floor and its Impact on Patient and Staff Conditions on the 9th Floor is set for  held Thursday, January 24 at 1:00 PM City Hall, Second Floor, Room TBA [tentative date] in response to concern about the closure of our Surgical/Oncology 10th Floor, and the resulting stress to staff and patients on the 9th Floor. We particularly need Surgeons, Internists, Family Practitioners in addition to nurses, to testify. Those of you planning to testify are encouraged to view Video on the Hearing for the City Operations and Neighborhood Service Committee on the closure of 10 and conditions on 9 to see what testimony has already been heard.
     

  • California Pacific acquires lease on Folsom Street office building, San Francisco's largest hospital has signed one of the city's biggest office deals in the last 12 months as it continues to shuffle real estate holdings to comply with state seismic requirements.
     

  •   See past updates in the Achieve section.

  • You can help us keep the momentum going by signing the online petition and:

    • See how you can help us by inviting your friends to join and contacting people on the Public Health Commission, Board of Supervisors, and executives of Sutter Health.

    • Rebuttals of CPMC's claims that St. Luke's should be closed presented by our doctors. NEW!

    • Your Stories: send in your story telling how St. Luke's is important to you and we'll share it here. Check back to see new stories from St. Luke's patients and families as they are posted.

    • What are our hopes for St. Luke's? What does our community need? What would a revitalized, and invigorated St. Luke's hospital look like? What are Share your thoughts through comments posted on this blog or send your idea to hopes@savestlukes.org. NEW!

    • Saving St. Luke's Blog: The latest news in the community based fight to save San Francisco's Saint Luke's Hospital. Includes breaking news along with point by point rebuttals of the claims by those who would close our hospital.

    • Online petition: sign up to help save San Francisco's St. Luke's Hospital

    • News: News releases and reports about the fight to keep St. Luke's Hospital open. NOW INCLUDES PHOTOS FROM SOME STORIES!

    • Help us: how you can join in the effort to save this community based hospital.

    • History: how St. Luke's came to be one of San Francisco's great community hospitals.

    • Why we care: why doctors, nurses and people from the community want to keep St. Luke's open.

    • See the Oct. 25, 2007 Hearing before the Neighborhood Services Committee of the Board of Supervisors (titled BOS City Operations and Neighborhood Services) . This video is provided by SFGTV, which provides an archive of selected meetings that have occurred during the past year. Video on Demand lets you watch these programs at your convenience. To view meetings you will need Windows Media Player. (See System Requirements)

      Pictured above: one of our happy Mothers & her child who tell their story in the St. Luke's Story Blog.


    Why save St. Luke's?

    St. Luke's has kept its doors open for 136 years in service to our community.  We have a busy obstetrics service and emergency department that fulfill the original mission of the hospital.

     
     Founding Mission Statement (1871)
    "St. Luke's doors are open wide for the reception of all colors, nationalities and creeds. Its benefits, refused to none, will be limited only by its means."
    -Rev. Dr. Brotherton, Founder St. Luke's Hospital


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