California Pacific's Community Benefit Plan Falls Short of San Francisco Mayor's Request

California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, part of Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, is offering fewer community benefits than Mayor Ed Lee requested in exchange for approval to build a new hospital, according to a Bay Citizen report.

CPMC has created a $1.1 billion community benefit plan that includes a new Center for Tenderloin Health, a Center for Excellence in Community Health at St. Luke's and a Center of Excellence in Senior Health at St. Luke's, according to a hospital news release. CPMC also plans to invest $50 million in affordable housing, workforce development, transit improvements and pedestrian safety in San Francisco.

In contrast, Mayor Lee had requested the hospital pay $108 million for affordable housing, streetscape and transit improvements. The mayor also wanted CPMC to increase its yearly treatment for the uninsured and Medi-Cal patients by approximately $40 million. CPMC spokesman Kevin McCormack said the hospital will continue its current levels of charity care for the next 10 years, a cost of $860 million, according to the Bay Citizen report. 

In addition, Mayor Lee called for CPMC to keep St. Luke's open for 20 years. Mr. McCormack said CPMC will spend $250 million to rebuild St. Luke's with plans to keep it open, according to the report.

The CPMC news release states, "CPMC's offer responds to an ambitious request from the City for almost $2 billion in additional funding beyond the recommendations of both the Blue Ribbon Panel and previous agreements reached with the San Francisco Health Commission in order to win approval for its plans."

Read the Bay Citizen report on California Pacific Medical Center.

Read the CPMC news release on its community benefit plan.

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