City to review social impact
of hospital merger
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
October 6, 2005
Mayor Gavin Newsom released a statement Wednesday regarding the
recently signed Affiliation Agreement between California Pacific
Medical Center (CPMC) and St. Luke's Hospital. This agreement
-- which merges the two medical centers -- was recently approved
by the Board of Directors of each facility.
"Everyone in the Mission district -- regardless of their
income -- deserves quality health care. As we move toward universal
health care coverage for all San Franciscans, we must first and
foremost protect the safety net for the poor in the Mission and
throughout our city. The affiliation agreement recently signed
between CPMC and St. Luke's appears to impact this health care
safety net, so I believe careful study of the agreement is necessary.
"Along those lines, I have asked our Department of Public
Health to review the agreement in detail to determine its public
This Affiliation Agreement formalizes the relationship between
the two medical centers and calls for certain actions to be taken
regarding the St. Luke's facility. St Luke's has traditionally
provided health care for working class and working poor San Franciscans,
including a high portion of charity care.