Tag Archives: health care

SF Health officials step up efforts to vaccinate homeless residents against Hepatitis A

As Hepatitis A outbreaks have appeared among homeless residents elsewhere in the state, San Francisco is ramping up efforts to prevent an outbreak here by offering free vaccines to the homeless, as well as pop-up clinics and more outreach in camps this month. Jesse Ballinger-Wydle, a homeless veteran living in SOMA, said he was unaware of the outbreak until health...

Sub-acute patients can stay in San Francisco, administrators say

In a sharp turnaround, California Pacific Medical Center said it will keep 28 patients currently at St. Luke’s Hospital who had been told earlier that they would have to leave the hospital by Oct. 31. Now, the St. Luke’s facility will stay open until June 30, 2018, according to a memo from hospital staff to patients. Moreover, once it closes,...

Closure of St. Luke’s facility may be delayed, Commission deems loss of beds “detrimental”

The San Francisco Health Commission decided Tuesday night that the closure of a skilled nursing facility at St. Luke’s hospital in the Mission District “will have a detrimental impact on the health care services in the community.” At the second of two hearings on the matter, Commissioner David J. Sanchez Jr. called St. Luke’s Hospital “the last standing pillar of...

Sub-acute patients at St. Luke’s find no place to go

Halfway to the closure date of the sub-acute unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, many of its patients still don’t know where they’ll be going. Families told representatives from California Pacific Medical Foundation on Thursday that the list of Bay Area facilities they had been given by hospital staff to choose from failed to offer real alternatives nearby. “You’re supposed to...

Overnight center opens at SF General for patients with psychiatric, addiction problems

For a homeless or marginally housed person experiencing a psychiatric episode or struggling with substance abuse, there is now an intermediate place of care between the street and a hospital’s psychiatric emergency center. Hummingbird Place, a new shelter inside San Francisco General Hospital, offers counseling, hot meals, showers and overnight accommodations for people needing to regroup after a crisis. The...

Families, doctors plead to keep S.F.’s only sub-acute facility open

Nurses, advocates and family members of patients at the St. Luke’s Hospital skilled nursing and sub-acute units delivered hours of testimony to the Health Commission Tuesday, prompting the commission to ask the hospital’s operator to try harder to keep patients in San Francisco. “If my son has to leave St. Luke’s, he’s not going to live too long,” said one woman,...

Community united against removal of care units from St. Luke’s Hospital

Appalling, outrageous, inhumane, unacceptable, heartbreaking, tragic were all words that doctors, nurses and families of patients used on Wednesday to describe the closing of the skilled nursing and sub-acute units at St. Luke’s Hospital. The remarks were made at a hearing in front of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting. It’s unclear if Board of Supervisors can prevent...

Sub-acute program at St. Luke’s to shut down, patients to be relocated (48Hills)

A sub-acute and nursing care facility at St. Luke’s Hospital is slated to shut down, according to a report from 48Hills. The closure could affect some 44 patients and result in layoffs for 72 employees, 48Hills reports: The skilled nursing and sub-acute units — which provide comprehensive inpatient care designed for adults with high needs, such as ventilator care — are scheduled to be...

Local health providers would face funding gap under proposed healthcare bill

If the U.S. Senate agrees with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,  San Francisco health care providers said their current practice of serving everyone would become unsustainable and in the long run, and services could be cut. Representatives from three local healthcare providers all said that the Congress’s health care plan would likely result in thousands of San...

Threatened with closure, UCSF youth health center finds new home

Imperiled by a loss of funding and an expiring lease, a year of uncertainty about the future of the New Generation Health Center ended this week with relatively good news for its staff and patients – the clinic will continue its operations, but at a new and much smaller location across the street. Come September, New Generation will move into...

Hospital Staff Protest Trump Promises of Affordable Care Act Repeal

Workers at San Francisco General Hospital protested the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act in front of their workplace Friday, saying rolling back the program would impact both patients and workers’ ability to care for them. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised repeatedly to overturn the health care program enacted by his predecessor, and on Friday, he...

Health Clinics Trending on SF’s Valencia Street

Nestled among the furniture stores, boutiques and restaurants on Valencia Street, One Medical, a concierge medical practice – one of three new clinics on Valencia Street – blended in almost too well. People mistake the health clinic for a furniture store almost daily, said Jenny Montoya, the receptionist at One Medical where the façade is lined with large windows. Inside,...

UCSF Research Building at SF General Moves Ahead

A 175,000-square-foot research center to be built by UCSF on what is currently a parking lot at San Francisco General Hospital is moving closer to completing its application process, though the groundbreaking date has been somewhat delayed. The research facility would house workspace for some 800 UCSF employees who have thus far conducted their work at SF General in older,...

Sutter Health Opens on Valencia with Small Retail

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation opened a new clinic on 20th and Valencia streets earlier this month. The clinic employs acupuncturists, chiropractors, message therapists, and nutritionists in addition to primary care practicioners. The clinic also has lab and x-ray services on site as well as specialty physicians should a patient need them. A shop within the clinic, the Institute for Health and...

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Traduccion en español aquí. Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health...