San Francisco, San Mateo County officials join forces after town hall meeting to save hospital

Redwood City – San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa has convened a bi-county working group with officials from San Francisco and San Mateo counties in an effort to keep Seton Medical Center open. Seton’s owner, Verity Health, entered into bankruptcy protection Aug. 31. The working group will include officials from San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, San Francisco Health Plan, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, California Nurses Association, Assemblyman Phil Ting’s office, San Mateo Labor Council, the Health Plan of San Mateo, San Francisco Labor Council and the San Mateo County Health System.

“Our two counties are facing a health care crisis if Seton closes,” Canepa said. “This will take a focused effort by officials from both counties if we want to ensure Seton’s patients do not fall through the cracks. I’m confident as a group we can find a way to keep this hospital open.”

The group will convene for its first meeting Friday, Oct. 26 in South San Francisco.