Panel advises replacing St. Luke’s

Before St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission district is torn down, it must be replaced with a new community hospital offering acute care, geriatric care and a raft of other services, a 32-member panel has determined.

California Pacific Medical Center officials have said the hospital is losing money and have offered no assurances they will heed the panel’s advice. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who assembled the group, said she is hopeful that CPMC will “embrace” its recommendations.

“There’s only one other hospital south of Market,” San Francisco Health Department Director Mitch Katz recently told The Examiner. “So, if St. Luke’s were to close, it leaves that part of The City unprotected. You are relying on one hospital … to cover your whole southeast.”

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