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Thursday, September 24, 2009

AG Office Opens Investigation into Sutter's Business Practices

The Citizen
State Sen. Ellen Corbett told an impromptu gathering of the Eden Township Healthcare District Wednesday the state attorney general's office has sent a letter of acknowledgment to claims Sutter Health has manipulated various Northern California hospitals for their benefit at the expense of the communities they serve.

"This letter is confirming that they are responding to the letter legislators sent them and definitely looking into the issue," said Corbett.

She noted the receipt of the letter from the chief deputy attorney general was a positive for efforts to save San Leandro Hospital. "You don't always receive a letter of acknowledgment," Corbett said, "They have started an investigation."

Corbett, along with Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman and 11 other legislators, sent a letter Aug. 28 to the Attorney General's office asking for an investigation into allegations the Sacramento-based hospital chain has displayed a pattern of misrepresentation toward communities around the state. When announcing her intention to draft the letter, Corbett told San Leandro residents last month, "We are trying to show to the attorney general that there is this pattern of abuse," and adding, "This is just not San Leandro. This is an ongoing historic pattern."

The letter detailed alleged wrong-doings by Sutter at hospitals in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Marin and San Leandro.
The Citizen FILE on Ellen Corbett, Sutter, attorney general
>>>>The Letter to Attorney General, Aug. 28, 2009.
>>>>Corbett to ask AG Jerry Brown to Investigate Sutter Practices, Aug. 27, 2009.

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