I was delighted to join officials from the Health Plan of San Mateo and Seton Medical Center to cut the ribbon on a brand new Skilled-Nursing Unit on the hospital’s Daly City Campus June 20.
Our most vulnerable residents, our aging older population and individuals with disabilities are often overlooked.
But not here in San Mateo County. As the president of the Health Plan of San Mateo, we recognize the need for these skilled-nursing beds for patients who need occupational and physical therapy, speech pathology services or special care.
The Health Plan of San Mateo contributed $611,000 to the 39-bed facility with the approval of the San Mateo County Health Commission. The county has lost about 400 skilled nursing beds in recent years and many patients in critical need of care have to seek it out of the county.
This investment in the community will keep those who need these skilled-nursing beds closer to home near the people who love and care for them the most.
Seton plays a critical role in the health outcomes for north county residents and is also Daly City’s largest employer. I was born in that hospital as I imagine many Crown Colony residents were. It first opened in 1893 as Mary’s Help Hospital and it is part of the fabric of our community and helps us lead healthier lives.
In fact, Seton Medical Center received in May the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.”
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
I’m proud of my hometown hospital and the doctors, nurses and staff who provide exceptional care to my family and my constituents.
David J. Canepa serves District 5 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors