California Pacific Medical Center Gets 2-Week Delay for Vote on $2.5B Plan

California Pacific Medical Center has requested and received a two-week postponement for a final decision on the environmental review of its $2.5 billion facility overhaul, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

The San Francisco hospital, affiliated with Sutter Health, was expected to lose that vote since a majority of the city's board of supervisors considered the environmental report inadequate. If its environmental report had been denied, it would take CPMC 18 months to two years, in addition to millions of dollars, to rework it.  

The key issue at hand is a development agreement CPMC penned with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee regarding the project's effects on housing, traffic, pollution and other issues. Under the agreement with the mayor, CPMC agreed to a $1.1 billion package of community benefits in exchange for city approvals on its project, which requires exemptions to city zoning regulations. Some supervisors are concerned about whether that agreement was negotiated in good faith.

Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed scenarios in which CPMC could ditch its annual $86 million commitment for charity care or a pledge to keep St. Luke's Hospital, a safety-net hospital in San Francisco, open for 20 years. A CPMC spokesman said the leaked documents were drafts that were thrown away and not used, but members of the board of supervisors expressed concerns and a need to revisit the agreement between Mayor Lee and CPMC.

The $2.5 project entails construction of a new 555-bed hospital in San Francisco and renovation of St. Luke's Hospital. California hospitals have until 2015 to ensure their facilities are seismically safe.

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