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Hospital board torn on community benefit spending

Original post made on Oct 2, 2015

El Camino Hospital has been thriving in recent years, bringing in millions of dollars more in profits than expected and budgeting for large-scale construction projects that will change the face of its Mountain View campus.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:59 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Transparency
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

How about decoupling the El Camino Healthcare District from El Camino Hospital? Why pump taxpayer money from ECHD into ECH and then have ECH give grants? Just have ECHD stop giving money to ECH, have ECH break even, and have ECHD give grants directly to the community.

Posted by Jason
a resident of Gemello
on Oct 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

They like to buy hospitals outside the area. Should have bought O'Connor and St. Louise.

Posted by Hospitals should not be for profit
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hospitals should not be for profit, that money has to come from someone.

It comes from over charging their customers.

All hospital are doing it, even Kaiser has built huge buildings, yet they can't seem to upgrade their equipment, such as their MRI imaging system are still working with CDs.

Posted by SP Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Expand support for the Rotacare Clinic, which already is affiliated with and across the driveway from El Camino Hospital. This evening clinic serves our neighbors with unmet medical needs who can't get Medi-Cal.

Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 2, 2015 at 4:28 pm

If they are making that much money how about they reduce their prices? An X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI etc is much more expensive at El Camino than stand alone facilities, not to mention the daily ratea as an in-patient, the fact that they are making millions and charging the fees that they do is obscene.

Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Return the money to the property owners who are forced to pay for the hospital bonds.
Also, why did they forgive a $700,000 loan to a doctor and pay full healthcare insurance for their employees? This is in the annual report. Meanwhile, insurance premiums skyrocket due to the exorbitant overbilling.
Stop gauging patients.

Posted by Sunnyvale Patient
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2015 at 9:43 pm

I can vouch for the high prices at El Camino Hospital, my child went to the ER on a Sunday evening with an asthma flare up in 2014. I was billed $1076 by the hospital and $311 by the CA Emergency Physicians Group.

Posted by Sunnyvale Patient
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2015 at 11:00 pm

The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, embraces the idea of reducing costly hospital visits by keeping people healthy with checkups and inexpensive preventive treatments. Hospitals, according to this approach, should not be the centerpiece of a medical system, but rather the
solution of last resort. Across the country, many hospital systems have been opening neighborhood urgent care centers or acquiring physician groups in the community.
The Kaweah Delta Healthcare District in Visalia, California has adapted to the new healthcare landscape. In addition to a 400 bed hospital with emergency services, the Kaweah Delta Healthcare District provides an urgent care clinic and two Sequoia Prompt Care walkin clinics.

According to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
(, emergency department visits at El Camino Hospital have increasedby 34% from 2009-2014

Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm

There is not one hospital bed in Santa Clara County for any youth with a mental health issue. Given the high rate of youth suicide in our county, it would be wonderful if El Camino would offer some beds for suicidal teens rather than sending them out-of-county when they go to El Camino's ER for help.

Posted by Sarah1000
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

My son went to the ER at El Camino Hospital when he was suicidal at 17 and, then, was sent out-of-county for treatment. We need in-county mental health services for our youth so they have somewhere to go other than the train tracks. Orange County just announced that it is building a youth behavioral health center. See Web Link

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