Save St. Luke's Hospital Skilled Nursing and Sub-Acute Services!

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Sutter CPMC recently announced plans to close the skilled nursing and sub-acute units at St. Luke's Hospital. Because of a shortage of other skilled nursing or sub-acute options in San Francisco,  44 frail patients will be transferred outside of the city, including places as far away as Sacramento, which will make it extremely difficult for family and friends to be part of their support.

St. Luke’s currently operates much-needed skilled nursing and sub-acute units that provide comprehensive inpatient care designed for adults with high needs, such as ventilator care. Patients in sub-acute care often need very long-term or even lifetime care, and are among the most vulnerable patients in our community.

The closure of the St. Luke's skilled nursing and sub-acute unit will lead to devastating impacts on 44 frail patients, their families and up to 122 healthcare workers. Further, the loss of these beds accelerates a growing deficit of SNF/sub-acute beds citywide. In fact, a 2016 comprehensive report prepared by the San Francisco Post-Acute Care Project for the San Francisco Public Health Commission projects a sharply increasing deficit of beds per 1,000 San Francisco residents: the report projects that San Francisco will need to increase the current supply of SNF beds by nearly 70% to meet future needs.

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SF Examiner, 8/16/17: Families fear death for patients told to ship out from SF hospital
SF Chronicle, 7/26/17: SF supes demand Sutter Health keep long-term beds in Mission
Mission Local, 7/26/17: Community united against removal of care units from St. Luke's Hospital
SF Examiner, 7/26/17: Dumping mom and dad out of county (op-ed)

48 Hills, 7/17/17:  Sutter Health to shut-down sub-acute care at St. Luke's