Families and Residents Fight St. Luke’s Sub-Acute Closure in San Francisco - Watch the video
In San Francisco, family members and residents have united through a family council to fight plans by California Pacific Medical Center, an affiliate of Sutter Health, to close its St. Luke’s sub-acute unit and evict all of its residents. St. Luke’s is the only sub-acute facility in San Francisco. Residents – many of whom have lived at St. Luke’s for years – are being threatened with moves to facilities as far away as Sacramento and Los Angeles. A local newspaper reports that Gary Birnbaum, the medical director of the sub-acute unit, told the San Francisco Health Commission at an August 16 hearing:
“These patients cannot be transferred. They will die, plain and simple.”
CANHR and other organizations are working with the residents and families to fight the evictions and closure.