Healthcare District Says New St. Rose Operator Will Not Repay $1.1M Loan

>>PROPOSAL OMITS EMERGENCY LOAN>>“As a public agency, ETHD cannot legally make a ‘gift of public funds’ for $1.15M for the benefit of a for-profit corporation”HEALTH CARE | The Eden Township Healthcare District really wants to support the purchase of Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital to a Southern California operator, but before doing so, it wants repayment … Continue reading Healthcare District Says New St. Rose Operator Will Not Repay $1.1M Loan

Forerunner To St. Rose’s Questionable New Operator Hit With $95,000 Fine

Prime's Dr. Prem ReddyHAYWARD | While the health care system in Alameda County undergoes significant growing pains in the run-up to Obamacare coming in 2014, the questionable acquisition of St. Rose Hospital by a group with close ties to a notorious Southern California hospital chain has flown under the radar.Last September, the governing board at … Continue reading Forerunner To St. Rose’s Questionable New Operator Hit With $95,000 Fine

Valle, Hayashi Set Course For A Battle Over St. Rose Hospital

ELECTION ‘12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | The fate of St. Rose Hospital may be entwined with Supervisor Richard Valle’s bid to retain his seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors this November. Following a decade on its Board of Directors, the hospital now sees itself teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. For Valle, its resolution could also be his … Continue reading Valle, Hayashi Set Course For A Battle Over St. Rose Hospital

Controversial Health Care Provider May Be An Option For St. Rose

HEALTH CAREPrem Reddy, founder of PrimeMar. 9, 2012 | Several Alameda County and Hayward officials say Prime Healthcare, the controversial Southern California care provider under state investigation for its business practices, has shown interest in purchasing the struggling St. Rose Hospital. Nearby Washington Hospital agreed Feb. 22 to allocate St. Rose $2 million for short-term operations. The Washington … Continue reading Controversial Health Care Provider May Be An Option For St. Rose

Whew! The Mess Brought On By Prime Nearly Came To San Leandro

REPORT: PRIME OVERBILLED COSTLY DIAGNOSES TO MEDICAREBy Steven TavaresSteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.com@eastbaycitizen on twitter In June 2009, a slight, dark-skinned Indian man with a bright smile and the words of fast-talking carnival barker thoroughly aroused the hopes and dreams of hundreds of San Leandro when he proclaimed he, not the reviled Sutter Health, would save their hospital. You Almost … Continue reading Whew! The Mess Brought On By Prime Nearly Came To San Leandro

Sutter CEO: ‘It’s Not Our Mission to Maximize Profits’

BLOOMBERG FEATURE ON SUTTER'S MARKET POWER FUELS DEBATE ON SKY-HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTSSutter operates both Eden Medical Center and San Leandro Hospital, while holding 35 percent of the market in Northern California."Sutter really has us over a barrel," a retired police officer told Bloomberg's Peter Waldman in an excellent feature on Sutter Health's rising market power in … Continue reading Sutter CEO: ‘It’s Not Our Mission to Maximize Profits’

When a Conflict of Interest Claim Fails

BANKRUPTCY JUDGE'S RULING MAY POSE PROBLEMS FOR DISTRICT'S LEGAL FIGHT By STEVEN TAVARESThe CitizenSUTTER vs THE DISTRICTReeling in debt and forced to file bankruptcy in 2007, Valley Health System, the local healthcare district representing two Inland Empire hospitals was in dire need of help, by most accounts, struggling with barely over two week's worth of … Continue reading When a Conflict of Interest Claim Fails

The Ballad of Sutter and Prime

Sutter Health CEO Pat Fry and Prime Healthcare Owner Dr. Prem ReddyBy MILO MINDERBINDERThis is a tale of two pizza parlors. One was located downtown, the other uptown, and both were own by Mr. Sutter. He took ownership of the establishments from a certain Mr. Eden and promised the old man to run it for the … Continue reading The Ballad of Sutter and Prime

Sutter and Doctors Groups Prosper

CRISIS IN NORCAL HEALTH SYSTEM HIGHLIGHTED BY SUTTER AND SLH SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALWhen it comes to framing the San Leandro Hospital situation as a populist issue--pitting regular folks at odds with a billion dollar corporations--cobbling doctors with nurses and residents against Sutter has always been uncomfortable. Kind of like feeling sorry for Lehman Brothers because they … Continue reading Sutter and Doctors Groups Prosper

Sutter Threatened Litigation Against Hospital Suitor

PRIME HEALTH TOLD TO BACK OFF; COMMENTS MADE IN THE CITIZEN LED TO LETTERBy STEVEN TAVARESThe Citizen Sutter Health sent a letter within the past two weeks to both the Eden Township Healthcare District and Prime Healthcare, the Southern California health provider with interest in operating San Leandro Hospital, threatening litigation if the two sides engage in future … Continue reading Sutter Threatened Litigation Against Hospital Suitor

Different Views of Prime from One End of the State To Another

HEALTH PROVIDER INTERESTED IN SLH, TAKES REDDING HOSPITAL FROM BANKRUPTCY TO $38M IN REVENUE WITHIN YEAROne year ago, the tranquil city of Redding was facing the likelihood of losing Shasta Regional Medical Center (SRMC), one of its two local hospitals. The facility was in bankruptcy until Prem Reddy, the brash and outspoken owner of the … Continue reading Different Views of Prime from One End of the State To Another

Sutter Nixes Hybrid Model with SoCal Health Provider

SUTTER: WHEN IT COMES TO PRIME, TALK TO THE HANDBy STEVEN TAVARES The CitizenEarlier this month, Sutter Health, which operates San Leandro Hospital, refused an offer allowing the Southern California-based Prime Healthcare to run the beleaguered hospital as an hybrid acute care and rehab facility proposed by some in the county."Sutter has told us that … Continue reading Sutter Nixes Hybrid Model with SoCal Health Provider

Potential Hospital Buyer Met with Sutter Last Month

SUTTER SHOWED NO INTEREST IN THE OFFERPrime Healthcare, the Southern California hospital operator with designs on taking over San Leandro Hospital, met with Sutter Health officials last month, according to the CEO of Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding--one of Prime's recent acquisitions in the state.Randall Hempling told The Citizen, the two health care providers … Continue reading Potential Hospital Buyer Met with Sutter Last Month

A Prime example of Health Care havoc

CAUTIONARY TALE? PRIME'S RECENT ACQUISITION IN REDDING If you view a hospital system as a symbiotic relationship, then a foreign entity has the capability to throw order into disarray. Depending on your outlook, the hospital group hoping to purchase San Leandro Hospital--Prime Healthcare--is causing patients in the city of Redding quite a headache.When Prime Healthcare … Continue reading A Prime example of Health Care havoc

The Prem Reddy Reader

Hospital Group Rejects System and Cashes InLos Angeles Times, July 7, 2007The most critical news story published about Prime Healthcare and its owner Dr. Prem Reddy was this Los Angeles Times feature. Contained within it is the most damning quote uttered by Reddy that, in essence, says patients deserve the type of health care they … Continue reading The Prem Reddy Reader