Healthcare Workers Support Mayor Lee’s Efforts to Move Cathedral Hill Project Forward

Plan Addresses Community Concerns and Improves Access to Quality Healthcare
Oakland, Calif. – The members of SEIU-UHW support San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s leadership and efforts to help move forward a critical plan to expand healthcare and provide jobs in San Francisco.
The Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers represents more than 150,000 caregivers throughout California including 350 at San Francisco’s St. Luke’s Hospital, which would be rebuilt to be seismically safer as part of the proposal.
“Mayor Lee’s proposal represents much needed leadership on a project that will improve access to healthcare in San Francisco and job security for the people who provide that care,” said Betty Ballesteros, a certified nursing assistant at St. Luke’s.
The mayor set forward a framework that includes significant contributions to affordable housing, transit improvements and other benefits for the community from California Pacific Medical Center as a part of city approval of the plan to build a 555-bed hospital on Cathedral Hill.
Specifically the framework calls St. Luke’s Hospital “an essential and vital part of San Francisco’s safety net system of healthcare” and it calls for the hospital to operate with an emergency room for at least 20 years.
“The mayor’s framework allows for improved access to healthcare in San Francisco, while taking community needs into consideration,” said Robert Klimczak, a ward clerk in the St. Luke’s Emergency Room. “We have to move forward with the Cathedral Hill project and rebuilding St. Luke’s to expand healthcare and provide quality jobs in San Francisco.”

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