Across the United States, employees, patients and community members have stepped forward to sign a petition attesting to the quality care provided by Prime Healthcare Services and voice their support of the purchase of the Daughters of Charity health system. Through these testimonials, Prime's desire to save failing hospitals and build thriving community assets is transparent. Others have come forward to voice their concerns and experiences with SEIU and its tactics to force organizations and employees to participate in and fund their union.
Current employees in the Daughters of Charity system ask that Prime be considered and the doors to their hospital kept open. They fear that should the hospitals close, they could lose their jobs, pensions and a much needed resource to maintain the health of the community. Prime Healthcare employees have stepped forward from numerous facilities to share the story of their hospital's turn around and experience.
Read some of their stories below and add your voice at www.change.org or access the petition from one of three sites:
1. Stacey Bertaccini (Morgan Hill, CA): I am a SEIU union member and I work at Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy ca. SEIU has its own agenda which I do not believe in and do not support in any way. They have spread false rumors around my hospital and have really created a bad atmosphere. Please do not listen to their lies and do what is right. My job depends on it.
2. Sheryl Addotta (El Segundo, CA): As an employee of St. Francis Medical Center Foundation of Lynwood, I see how vital this hospital is to this community and surrounding communities on a daily basis. To let this hospital close or be forced in to bankruptcy which would greatly reduce its services would be a travesty to the already underserved people of South LA. We provide much needed STEMI, Stroke and top-‐notch Trauma & Emergency services to an already underserved area. We also employ a large number of local residents and offer opportunities for them to carve career paths that keep them from poverty and allow them to give back to their own communities. We offer services to our mentally ill, seniors, and expectant mothers in need of pre-‐ and post-‐natal care. It is unthinkable to deprive this community of the basics of healthcare tailored to them and their needs. I strongly urge you to approve this sale for the good of all the communities involved.
3. Don Hillman (San Jose, CA): The sale of DOCHS to Prime is the best thing for the employees and communitiy. This should not be a political consideration to satisfy the Union which does not have the employees best interest at heart.
4. John Ortiz (San Francisco, CA): Having worked here for some time now I have witnessed the struggles of this charity hospital. My unit provides urgent care for victims of heart attacks and is a critical link in survival of these patients. Prime will ensure that critical services like this will be maintained for our community. I feel that the resistance being offered by SEIU is self serving, selfish and detrimental. Blocking the sale will most likely push O'Connor hospital into bankruptcy and allow a different bidder to take over such as the county along with a venture cap firm (blue wolf) to assert their agenda that will most certainly interrupt critical services. The Daughters of Charity have been faithfully loyal to their conviction to serve the sick and the poor for many, many years and with so much reliance on state and federal reimbursement which has created significant unsustainable losses for them I think we should thank them for their service to so many for so long by APPROVING the sale to PRIME HEALTH SERVICES and their foundation.
5. Sydney Thomson MD (San Jose, CA): This is the best offer to allow us to continue serving the community and the poor. SCVMC is unethical in playing politics with the lives of our patients and the contracts of thousands of employees and physicians who have been the safety net for the patients that the county has failed to fulfill their care obligations.
6. Joan Evans: This hospital chain has done much vetting to find the best buyer for it. One that has the capital to sustain hospitals that serve the poor and underserved. They have vetted Prime and have garnered guarantees to best provide protection for its staff and communities they serve. SEIU is opposing this sale for its self interest. Working at Seton Medical Center for nearly 20 years I saw them take advantage through fear tactics and act in ways that were not in the best interest of their members. The Daughters of Charity are dedicated to their values and mission. They did not make this decision lightly. After more than a 100 years of serving the underserved and poor trust that they have assured the continuation of their legacy. To see these hospitals in bankruptcy is what will occur if this sale is not approved. Please realize the enormous loss of jobs and community care that will be lost without it.
7. Celeste Goff Veerkamp (Lynwood, CA): Removing the 6 hospitals from the communities they serve would have a catastrophic effect on those areas. Prime Healthcare has proven throughout the acquisition process their desire to maintain both the services and the community benefits of these 6 hospitals. Prime Healthcare is also the only potential buyer offering to maintain past and present pensions. I urge you to support the sale of the DCHS hospitals to Prime Healthcare.
8. Demetra Ouellette (North Smithfield, RI): Prime Healthcare Services acquired the two hospitals at which I work. As a new owner, Prime has been true to its word and has exceeded the staff's expectations. They have brought expertise, capital, and resources to help us revitalize our hospitals for the patients and the community. With Prime at the helm, these six hospitals, they patients they serve, and the communities in which they reside will continue to flourish.
9. Angela Guerrero (Azusa, CA): I work in a hospital that had nothing. Was going down hill. The employee was not happy with what the administration was doing.. but the hospital sold to prime health and they are trying to make good trying to fix what was broken. they are bring a hospital that was lost by one person and make a different to the community and to all the employees.
10. Stanley Balon, MD (Cumberland, RI): Prime stepped in and enabled our hospital to continue to support our community when other institutions walked away.
11. LyRae Sullivan (Redding, CA): I work in a hospital that was hours away from closing the doors for good -‐ Prime purchased us in 2008 and quickly brought us from the brink of closure to a busy thriving hospital. In addition, Prime does a tremendous amount for the community.
12. Shelley Massimino (Canyon Country, CA): I know the positive difference Prime Healthcare can make for
these hospitals, while saving lives and saving jobs!
13. James Johnson RN (Chino, CA): Years ago our Chief Medical Officer was attempting to save our hospital which was about to close. Prime Healthcare's ability to bring in capital for updating the facility was the first necessary step. They brought a strong administrative and management structure who worked with our Medical Chief to save our jobs and establish an effective and efficient system to care for the people in our community. If these facilities close California will not only loose jobs but the communities these facilities serve will suffer greatly. We do not have enough hospitals to care for our current population. Any hesitation of this transaction only hurts the people in these communities. I have seen how Prime Healthcare can save hospitals and turn them into efficient care centers. Do not delay the sale.
14. April Beckwith (Corona, CA): I have seen a huge turn around for the hospital I work for. Chino Valley Medical Center. The community is happy with the care they are receiving here and it's because Prime Health Care rescued and we kept our doors open.
15. Thomas Bringle (Chula Vista, CA): I am a long time Healthcare worker who has seen how Prime Healthcare has saved my hospital and many others from going out of business.
16. Shaun Cournoyer (Woonsocket, RI): Prime Health Care has demonstrated in a very short period of time how dedicated they are to preserving, advancing, and maintaining the hospitals they buy. In my community they have truly become a partner to our citizens and an integral part of the health care system in our state. I am very proud to be affliated with this hospital company.
17. Paulina Marra-‐Powers (Philadelphia, PA): I know first hand what Prime Healthcare can do for hospitals. They saved our hospital and maintained healthcare for our community in Philadelphia. In addition, maintained jobs. They continue to support the community and the employees after almost three years. I support what Prime Healthcare is doing for hospitals.
18. Joel Jillson (North Smithfield, RI): As a member of the Board of Governors of one of Prime Healthcare Hospitals (Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, RI) recent acquisitions, I have borne witness first hand of Primes ability, desire, and actions to save a local based facility from receivership and bankruptcy. They have done so quickly and seamlessly all the while enhancing the level of care and increasing it's clinical and corporate efficiency.
19. Valerie DeFranco (Ramsey, NJ): We fought a similar battle in NJ. It was a long fight but now Prime Healthcare is our owner and we see the commitment of Prime everyday in stabilizing and improving our facility to continue to keep this institution open in our community.
20. Carl Tate, MBA (Apple Valley, CA): As the former President of the Board of Trustees at Victor Valley Community College District, and Principal Consultant of C. Tate & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm -‐ I have seen first hand the outstanding job Prime Healthcare Services and Prime Healthcare Foundation has done in turning around failing hospitals, and keeping the doors and emergency rooms open to serve their communities.
21. Helen Lidholm (Reno, NV): Prime Healthcare saved Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV 2
1/2 years ago. Had Prime not acquired Saint Mary's our doors would be closed and a 107 year legacy all but forgotten. I am an RN and Saint Mary's CEO and everything Prime promised on they have delivered. We have not closed any services, on the contrary, we have expanded both in the hospital and our medical group. DCHS hospitals deserves the same opportunity to become financial viable while continuting to servce the community. Please approve this sale!
22. Jean Arriaga (Chino, CA): The communities deserve to have a hospital nearby. This isn't possible if hospitals close their doors due to lack of money. This jeopardizes pt safety and community jobs. Prime Healthcare encourages their employees to be compassionate and dedicated caregivers. This is passed on to the community when they receive quality care at a Prime facility.
23. Corrie Rudd (San Jose, CA): The Daughters of Charity have conducted an extensive and thorough process to identify a buyer that will not only continue to serve our community but also protect pensions and protect jobs. I believe and trust in the Daughters of Charity to do the right thing. Prime Healthcare has proven throughout the acquisition process their desire to maintain both the services and the community benefits of these 6 hospitals. Prime Healthcare is also the only potential buyer offering to maintain past and present pensions. I urge you to support the sale of the DCHS hospitals to Prime Healthcare.
24. Elayne Roeth (Soquel, CA): I am a retired DOCHS employee, and I don't want to lose my pension as a result of a bankruptcy which would surely happen if the sale to Prime does not go through.
25. Samuel Garcia (Los Angeles, CA): Maintaining healthcare and emergency services in these communities is life saving and should not be without. After all the hard work and dedication that the DCHS workers do, it is now time to give back and approve the sale Attorney General Kamala Harris. It is your duty to do the right thing and keep politics out of it.
26. Lorie Suyenaga (Los Angeles, CA): We cannot afford to lose any more hospitals in our area. They provide healthcare and jobs for hundreds of people in our community.
27. Christine Dixon (Gilroy, CA): This sale will help me, as a single mother and a Registered Nurse employed and able to not only care for my family, but assure my children are cared for. I have worked in this hospital for 16 years and started my nursing career at the bottom and worked my way up. Please, I implore you to keep our doors open and a safe place for our patients to receive the best care we can provide.
28. James Barnthouse (Salinas, CA): Lots of people will lose their jobs and their pensions which they have worked so hard for many years, not to mention the patients that rely on the low cost to free care we give. It would be a total disaster if the sale wasn't approved. A lot of people will be hurting and they wont forget either.
29. Judith L Gardenhire (Los Altos Hills, CA): Prime Healthcare will safeguard pensions and assume all debts. Any other option would be devasating to communities served and associates of DCHS hospitals.
30. Francisco Zamora (Oakland, CA): Dear Ms. Harris: we encourage you to approve this sale. SEIU-‐UHW is behind this smear campaign to stop Prime Healthcare from buying our hospitals. They say that are representing their members, however, they are lying. We were never asked how we felt about the sale. They have their own agenda in mind. They have persuaded 22 legislators to write you urging you stop this sale. It's interesting to know that these same legislators are all endorsed by SEIU-‐UHW for this upcoming election! We have been told by DCHS that Prime is the only buyer (who is already a healthcare system) to accept 100% of our debt, save our pensions 100% and keep our hospitals functioning in our communities. The choice is clear, sell to Prime or close our doors. Please consider all of our patients and our employees when making your decision. Please approve the sale of our 6 hospitals! Thank you.
31. Eduardo Valencia Garcia (San Francisco, CA): These hospitals are vital to the well-‐being and health of the Californian COMMUNITY. Harris has an opportunity here to support constituents rather than conform to special interest.
32. Paula Kelley (Morgan Hill, CA): I have worked for DCHS for more than 32 years between O'Connor Hospital and SLRH. Prime Healthcare is the best solution to maintain our hospitals. It provides us with the ability to serve our community while at the same time the ability to maintain the pension plans of those who have dedicated so much to serve the community. It is a win-‐win solution.
33. Matt Liston (San Jose, CA): Without the sale, losing the hospitals is a very real possibility that the community cannot afford. This will give new life to the health system and ensure continued service to the communities served.
34. Rosalie Zamora (Daly City, CA): Prime Healthcare was the only company willing to protect our retirement at 100%, willing to absorb 100% of the DCHS debt in addition to accepting all the criteria in keeping our facilities functioning and continue our charity work. If this sale is not approved, not only will we lose our jobs, the communities will lose their hospitals as the only other option would be to file bankrupcy and close our facilities.
35. Suzanne Novotny (Aptos, CA): I am supporting the sale, even though I am a union member, because it is crucial to keep the hospital up and running and serving the community, and Prime has been the only potential buyer that honored our culture and other worker benefits in agreeing to buy the hospital chain. Without the sale, the Daughters of Charity hospitals are facing closure.