June 16 NEWS UPDATE: SAKURA ICF CLOSURE ATTEMPT BY PACIFICA COMPANIES DELAYED
(It has now been determined that) “Pacifica failed to ensure the resident’s attending physician complete the medical assessment prior to issuing the 60 Day Notices of Transfer that were sent by certified mail around May 19, 2021 to Sakura ICF families. These assessments must include an assessment of the resident’s susceptibility to adverse health consequences, including psycho-social effects, recommendations for counseling, follow-up visits, other recommended services, by designated health professionals, and for preventing or ameliorating potential adverse consequences in the event of a transfer. On June 15, 2021, Sakura ICF Administrator, Beverly Ito announced new 60 Day Notices must be reissued and the original July 20th planned closure date must be extended to mid-August.”
Per California Code, Health and Safety Code – HSC § 1336.2 (excerpt):
(a) Before residents are transferred due to any change in the status of the license or operation of a facility, including a facility closure or voluntary or involuntary termination of a facility’s Medi-Cal or Medicare certification, the facility shall take reasonable steps to transfer affected residents safely and minimize possible transfer trauma by, at a minimum, doing all of the following:
(1) Be responsible for ensuring that the resident’s attending physician or the facility medical director, if the resident does not have an attending physician, completes the medical assessment of the resident’s condition and susceptibility to adverse health consequences, including psychosocial effects, prior to written notice of transfer being given to the resident. The assessment shall not be considered complete unless it provides, in accordance with these assessments, recommendations for counseling, followup visits, and other recommended services, by designated health professionals, and for preventing or ameliorating potential adverse health consequences in the event of transfer.
This is good news for the families of the residents, buying them all more time to fight the evictions and Pacifica’s attempts to endanger the seniors!
Tues., June 15 Update: Hearing date for AB 279 in the Senate Committee on Health CHANGED to Wednesday, June 23 at 1PM
As the grassroots lobby effort succeeded in advancing AB 279 to the CA Senate, the next stop for the bill towards becoming law will be the Senate Committee on Health. AB 279 is the legislation to stop evictions from and downgrading of services at CA senior care facilities during the still ongoing pandemic. We need to win the majority of 11 votes on the Committee on Health this Wednesday. Please help lobby Committee members!
Tune in to the 1PM Hearing HERE: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/
SOS Network encourages public comment in support of AB 279!
The letter submitted to the Senate Committee on Health by SOS Network can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which has declared support for the mass eviction of Japanese American and Japanese seniors from Sakura ICF, has now come out in public opposition to AB 279, along with the California Hospital Association. This position means that more public pressure must be mounted on the Senate Committee on Health if we are to advance the Bill to the Senate Floor. More letters and emails to the Senate Committee on Health members are encouraged.
Current Bill Analysis by the Senate Committee on Health:
NEXT SOS Network General Meeting:
Monday, June 21, 7PM
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Thanks to many of you who volunteered, attended, participated, donated, and/or supportedan enjoyable and spirited Kansha Obon gathering on June 12th! SOS thanks Councilman Kevin de Leon for all set-up and certificates which made the event possible.
Pacifica Companies’ Claim of “Losing Money” to Justify Sakura ICF Closure Exposed
Article by David Monkawa, SOS Network Co-chair published in AsAmNews!
Pacifica claims it is evicting the seniors and closing the Sakura ICF in Los Angeles because they’re “losing money”. This is dishonest and hides the full picture.
When Keiro sold the four facilities to Pacifica in 2015 they were required to submit a “Written Notice to the CA Attorney General for the Proposed Sale of Keiro Nursing Homes, Volume 1 and 2.” These docs contained financial disclosures which showed the ICF had been “losing money” for 4 out of 5 years from 2010 (-$5,000) to 2014 (-$23,000). Pacifica had to “swallow” the “distressed” ICF and South Bay Keiro as part of a “package deal”. Pacifica execs signed off and knew before purchase that the ICF “does not generate net operating income”. These are public docs available to anyone.
Read the article here and support AsAmNews: https://asamnews.com/2021/05/29/pacifica-plans-big-day-by-closing-sakura-icf/