Press Release

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Message to Kaiser—“Stop Breaking Our Hearts!”

Denial of care is the theme this Valentine's Day in Manteca as senior citizens and registered nurses from Kaiser Manteca and Modesto prepare to protest the loss of vital services at the hospital with a candle light vigil Friday, the California Nurses Association announced today.

HMO giant, Kaiser Permanente, eliminated essential services at Kaiser Manteca in January of 2013, which has created significant delays in patient care compounded by transportation difficulties. Some of the core services previously available at the Manteca hospital that Kaiser eliminated are cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, ultrasound as well as entire general medical surgical hospital floor.

Senior citizens from Woodbridge and RNs from Kaiser Manteca formed the Keep Manteca Safe Committee to bring awareness to the public and to continue to demand that Kaiser restore vital services and make Kaiser Manteca a fully functioning hospital once again.

What: Senior and Nurse Valentine’s Day Protest

When: Friday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kaiser Manteca Medical Center

1777 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca CA

“The community in Manteca deserves a fully functioning hospital and nurses are outraged that Kaiser doesn't value the members of this community, “ said Amy Glass.

This vigil follows several other protests by seniors and RNs including a November march and rally outside of Kaiser’s headquarters in Oakland. A delegation of seniors, who traveled from Manteca accompanied by RNs represented by the California Nurses Association, met with Kaiser’s top executives. After executives promised only to assess the situation not restore services, seniors pledged to continue to push for the services in which they are entitled.

The seniors are calling on Kaiser to re-open the hospital’s third floor to admit patients from the emergency department or following surgery, and to stop denying admission to patients in need of longer term recovery services in the second floor sub-acute unit. They are also calling on Kaiser to bring back critical diagnostic services eliminated last year.

“The reason we moved from Alameda to Manteca is because Manteca had what we thought at the time was a fully functioning hospital,” said Duane Hadley. Hadley and his wife, Rosie, learned otherwise earlier this fall when she went to Kaiser Manteca with chest pains. “After they kept me for 8, 10, 12 hours, I don’t remember how long it was, they said I had to be transferred to Modesto,” said Rosie Hadley.

The withdrawal of services at Kaiser Manteca is part of the HMO’s new model of care. At a time when the HMO is expected to gain many new members as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, including many of the 1,100 new residents moving into the neighborhoods near the Kaiser Hospital in Manteca, their new model of care is making it more difficult for patients to be admitted. The ACA, for which Kaiser is a leading industry model, accelerates this trend by providing financial incentives for providers to limit formal hospital admissions and in-patient services.

Against this backdrop of reduced services and planned closures, the Kaiser insurance company and hospital chain, has grown by more than 21,000 new members in Northern California since June.