A small, but very inconvenient fire broke out this morning at the construction site of the new San Francisco General Hospital, forcing some 350 workers to evacuate the area. The fire started at about 9:30 a.m. at a temporary platform inside an elevator shaft at the top of the new hospital building ... More >>
A San Mateo County sex offender is in jail today after he escaped from a Mental Health facility Friday and made his way to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf where he was reportedly seen panhandling. Derrick Sanders, 34, was reported missing from the Cordilleras Mental Health Facility around 4 a.m. o ... More >>
Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as wel ... More >>
Sadly, New Leaf is being turned overExploding costs of health care benefits and leases will force New Leaf -- a 35-year-old San Francisco center serving the LGBT community with mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services -- to close in October. The center's board of directors announced ... More >>
On Monday, we noted that San Franciscans were reporting door-to-door booksellers claiming to be fund-raising for UCSF Children's Hospital -- which was news to hospital officials. The UCSF Police have since confirmed that Terry Brisendine of the Michigan-based magazine clearinghouse World Wide Circul ... More >>
If you like eating pancakes and helping kids -- and don't particularly care where those kids are -- IHOP has a deal for youIn one of the more stunningly bad product tie-ins in recent memory, the good people over at the International House of Pancakes have declared next Tuesday to be National Pancake ... More >>
U.C. San Francisco has put out the word that anyone who receives an offer to buy books to supposedly benefit the city's Children's Hospital should do what those confronted with books did in Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 411: Call the authorities. Hospital officials have received reports of young men goin ... More >>
By Lauren Smiley Billboards have popped up around the city this month in a new ad campaign from California Pacific Medical Center reading, "Rediscover St. Luke's....the SoMa gateway to California Pacific Medical Center. We're here to stay!" It sounds a tad bit defiant, but marketers figure th ... More >>
Will a lobbyist for a local healthcare union extend a bill proven bad for patients' health?
The secret deal worked out between SEIU bosses and nursing home owners denies union members the right to speak out, strike, or protect patients
SEIU lobbies for nursing home chains. Clint Reilly vs. Jack Davis, redux. Kerry raises money for Reilly's wife. Fabulous. Absolutely Fabulous.
The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients
UCSF Children's Hospital
The rebuilding of the Laguna Honda nursing home is already three years behind schedule and millions over budget -- and the final plans aren't even finished yet
Literally and figuratively, the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger gets fouler every day
Two lawsuits allege conflict of interest, sharp dealing
Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.
The UCSF-Stanford merger goes under a (symbolic) gun