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Applauding AB 2098 Help for Hospitals

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Senator Steve Padilla continue to focus on health care and its financial situation. Assembly bill 2098 authored by Garcia has recently been approved in the Assembly and moves to the Senate for Padilla’s management of it. The summary states, “Under existing law, the California Health Facilities Financing Authority Act (act) authorizes the

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The 14th Amendment

In April 2024, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD) filed a writ of mandate in Imperial County Superior Court, seeking declaratory relief from Assembly Bill 918, which the district claims has adversely affected its operations and threatens to undermine healthcare in the Imperial Valley. AB 918 resulted in a set of special laws applicable only to

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What is UCSD’s Plan?

During the Imperial Valley Healthcare District meeting held on March 11, the Kaufman Hall feasibility study was reviewed and discussed. One of the participants via Zoom was Patty Maysent, CEO for UCSD Health and a current member of the El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) Board of Trustees. While Maysent had some pertinent information to

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PMHD Has the Right Idea

For months now the Imperial Valley Coalition for Sustainable Healthcare Facilities (CSHF) has warned of the consequences of a rushed, ill-advised implementation of AB918. We have provided detailed information on the flaws in the new law and the consequences of its implementation.  This week, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District filed a lawsuit against the newly formed

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Found and Lost

The much anticipated Kaufman Hall Study finally arrived, albeit the summary only.  So what do we now know?  Just as a refresher, this Kaufman Hall study was commissioned by Preston Hollow, the bond holder for ECRMC in an effort to determine if merging the districts was feasible.  As such, it is a proprietary work product subject to Preston

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Bankruptcy for ECRMC, Is It Time?

At a recent Imperial Valley Healthcare District board meeting, the CEO of ECRMC strongly rejected any consideration on a bankruptcy as part of the negotiation. He cited that he could not do that to the ECRMC employees or the local vender. As the readers now know, ECRMC has an approximate $200 million debt and still

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Rants and Raves

Rants and Raves of Imperial Valley is a group on Facebook that comments on the good and bad things here.  Other areas have the same type of groups.  Having watched the February 22, 2024 Imperial Valley Healthcare District, my team and I have chosen to use this rants and raves format to comment on the meeting.  First of

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No Amendments for AB918

It’s Peace Out for Assemblyman Garcia. In most of our articles, we have been advocating for amendments to AB918.  To see these suggested amendments go to the Solutions page. In the State Legislature February 16 is the last day that any amendments can be initiated for amendments to any prior chaptered bill, like AB918.  However, it is clear

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Raising Issues—On All Sides

While I am loathe to respond to Mr. Keith Bradkowski’s most recent article, I must correct the record.  He is certainly is entitled to his opinion about my articles. He frequently references his termination from PMHD which should be a private matter, however he has made very public. Since his termination is now a legal issue it

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Due Diligence Now!

Now that the Imperial Valley Healthcare District (IVHD) Board has been sworn in (minus 1), it is now time for them to roll up their sleeves and tackle the beast that lies before them. As my team and I previously wrote, the board has an extreme number of tasks that have to be accomplished on

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