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Bankruptcy forces Hospital staff to Call For County Takeover

Hospital staff including registered nurses and doctors from Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, on Tuesday, has called on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors// to take over control of the hospital that followed a unanimous vote from the hospital’s board of directors that required hospital management to file for bankruptcy.

Nurse Tami Roncskevitz said, "We would like to see the county take over the administration of Doctors Medical Center. We believe the current situation at the hospital is placing our patients at serious risk."

Several employees have alleged that the hospital's current financial situation was a result of poor leadership in the hospital administration and called for CEO Irwin Hansen and other management to resign.

Hospital officials have declared in the absence of funds to the tune of $5 million to $8 million in the coming days they would have to start making plans to shut it down.

According to supervisor John Gioia although the board was sympathetic to the pleas to save the facility the county doesn't have the money to even attempt to take over the hospital.

He said, "It’s an important hospital. We need that emergency room. But we don’t have the money to bail it out in the short term. The county has its own problems in its own healthcare system."

Gioia and Supervisor Gayle Uilkema has assured staff that they would talking with the hospital administration and state and federal agencies in order to develop a financially viable plan for the future of the hospital.

However Gioia states that filing for bankruptcy may be the hospital's best option at this point. Then, it might be able to reopen at some point in the future under new leadership.

Hospital spokeswoman Gisela Hernandez said that the hospital, which was expected to serve around 47,000 emergency room patients this year, began re-routing ambulances and critical cases to other hospitals last week, acc
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