Determining Whether the Relocation of Obstetrics Service From Chinese Hospital To California Pacific Medical Center Will Or Will Not Have a Detrimental Impact On Health Care Service of the Community, February 3, 1998

WHEREAS, the Chinese Hospital was founded in 1925 to provide medical care to Chinese immigrants; and,

WHEREAS, the Chinese Hospital Obstetrics Unit includes a "Level 1" nursery, as classified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and,

WHEREAS, San Francisco Chinese patients and their physicians have increasingly selected perinatal units with "Level 3" nurseries, which has resulted in a declining obstetrics service census at Chinese Hospital; and,

WHEREAS, in keeping with Chinese Hospital's mission to provide community access to high quality, cost effective, and culturally competent services, it continues to form community partnerships to provide segments of the spectrum of health care services; and,

WHEREAS, the Chinese Hospital Board of Trustees has established an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with California Pacific Medical Center, whereby California Pacific Medical Center would augment its current provision of perinatal services for patients of Chinese Hospital, including enrollees of Chinese Hospital's affiliated health care service plan and other managed care contracts of the Hospital, as well as referred Medi-Cal, indigent, and self-pay patients; and,

WHEREAS, under the Memorandum of Understanding with California Pacific Medical Center, all existing Chinese Hospital obstetricians and pediatricians will have access to medical staff privileges at California Pacific Medical Center, and employment will be offered to all obstetrics nursing personnel employed by Chinese Hospital; and,

WHEREAS, California Pacific Medical Center has agreed to create a Joint Advisory Board to monitor and address Chinese Hospital's concerns regarding cultural competencies, access, and availability of perinatal services at California Pacific Medical Center; and,

WHEREAS, in accordance with the Health Care Planning Ordinance, the Health Commission held a public hearing on January 20, 1998; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Health Commission determines that the relocation of obstetrics service from Chinese Hospital to California Pacific Medical Center will not have a detrimental impact on health care service of the community.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Health Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, February 3, 1998.

Sandy Ouye Mori, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission