Daugh­ters of Char­ity OKs sale to Prime Health­care

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

Daugh­ters of Char­ity Health Sys­tem last week of­fi­cially chose for-profit Prime Health­care Ser­vices as the buyer for its six Cal­i­for­nia hos­pi­tals.

The sys­tem’s hos­pi­tal boards have ap­proved the con­tro­ver­sial deal, but the Vatican and the state at­tor­ney gen­eral still need to sign off on it.

In Au­gust, Prime Health­care sur­faced as a pos­si­ble suitor for the not-for-profit Ro­man Catholic sys­tem, but nei­ther side would con­firm the spec­u­la­tion. The deal is likely to face in­tense pres­sure from Prime’s op­po­nents, led by the pow­er­ful Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union-United Health­care Work­ers West.

The SEIU im­me­di­ately vowed to step up its me­dia cam­paign to urge Cal­i­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ka­mala Har­ris to re­ject the sale.

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