California hospital secures $20M to stave off closure

The San Mateo County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors voted March 10 to allocate $5 million annually over the next four years to keep Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., open, according to Bay City News.

The county supervisors voted 4-1 to give $20 million in funding to the company that buys the hospital from El Segundo, Calif.-based Verity Health. The funding package will come with conditions, including that the purchaser must keep the hospital open and fully functional.

Verity entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2018. In January, the health system closed St. Vincent Medical Center, a 366-bed hospital in Los Angeles, after a deal to sell four of its hospitals fell through. The system had been planning to close Seton Medical Center as soon as this week, according to the report.

There are currently two companies bidding to purchase the hospital in Daly City and Seton Coastside in Moss Beach, Calif. The funding will help ensure Seton Medical Center, which sees roughly 27,000 patients per year, keeps its doors open.

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