This originally appeared as a "My Turn" column in the Pacifica Tribune, April 5.
San Mateo County advice on preventing tick-borne disease.
Scientists have discovered high levels of mercury in coastal fog, which may increase due to global warming, but so far the mercury levels are not considered life-threatening. Yet.
This is the same company that recently supplied tainted celery to Costco for its chicken salad, which sickened several people and had to be recalled. The FDA alert says: "Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, California is voluntarily recalling 190 cases of Signature Cafe Traditional Stuffing because the product label did not identify certain ingredients including soy, milk and wheat. The recalled product was sold in a limited number of Safeway and Pak 'N Save stores in Northern California and Nevada, and Vons stores in Fresno, Clovis, and Oakhurst."
Daly City council member David Canepa, who follows this hospital issue closely on behalf of his constituents, says in an exclusive interview with Riptide that the community is "celebrating" BlueMountain's acquisition of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DOCHS), including Seton Hospital in Daly City and Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach. Canepa adds that everyone is "relieved" that this has been resolved, though the deal still must be approved by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Canepa says he considers it a 95 percent certainty that the AG will sign off on it by November, allowing BlueMountain Capital Management to buy the six-hospital DOCHS chain. BlueMountain unit Integrity Healthcare will manage the hospitals, which will remain nonprofit.
This stroke awareness card highlights the FAST acronym (face, arm, speech, time), an easy way to remember the signs of stroke and what to do:
Face: Look for an uneven smile.
Arm: Check if one arm is weak.
Speech: Listen for slurred speech.
Time: Call 9-1-1 immediately if any one of these symptoms is present.
By Todd Bray, Riptide Correspondent
Thanks to the Pacifica Tribune for Jane Northrop's reporting on the pending sale of Seton and Seton Coastside hospitals to Prime Healthcare, a for-profit company headquartered in Delaware. It is clear from Jane's story that the sale was attractive to the Daughters of Charity board of directors largely because of Prime's promise of an $11 million golden parachute for the board. There ought to be a law.
It is clear from Prime's ongoing legal issues with Medicare that it uses and abuses the Medicare process and increases revenues by decreasing services in other hospitals it has purchased. While Prime has "promised" to leave things unchanged for five years, California's attorney general (AG) has stated that a condition of sale must include a 10-year guarantee, among other conditions, before the AG approves the sale. God forbid that this company, headquartered 3,000 miles away, gets its hands on the Seton nursing staff's pension money. I hope the AG rejects Prime's offer. I truly do.