Hospital is focus of Tea Party forum

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate January 30, 2013 04:55 pm

The future management of Sutter Coast Hospital is up in the air after a year-long battle, revolving around a push to dissolve the hospital’s local Board of Directors and replace it with a Bay Area-based board in a move dubbed “regionalization.”

Sutter Coast Hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Greg Duncan, has said that regionalization may be the first step before downsizing the hospital to a “critical access” facility with a maximum of 25 beds.

Duncan will provide an update on the Sutter Coast regionalization and critical access issues from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the Del Notre County Fairgrounds Arts & Crafts Building.

The presentation, hosted by the Del Notre Tea Party Patriots will also include information about the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect individuals.

“How will Obamacare Affect YOU?” says the Tea Party notice for the meeting.

Duncan is expected to address  a Sutter meeting held last week between the local hospital board and executives of the Lakeside Hospital in Lampert, a facility also affiliated with Sutter Health. 

Duncan has pointed to dramatic staffing reductions at Lakeside Hospital since the implementation of critical access as an example of what could happen at Crescent City’s hospital. With fewer beds available (25 maximum under critical access), Duncan has claimed that more patients would be flown to distant hospitals.

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