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Hundreds Pack Hearing on Paradise Valley Hospital

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Hundreds of South Bay residents packed a hearing on the proposed sale of National City’s Paradise Valley Hospital this afternoon. Elected officials, community leaders, doctors and patients say turnin

Hundreds Pack Hearing on Paradise Valley Hospital

Hundreds of South Bay residents packed a hearing on the proposed sale of National City’s Paradise Valley Hospital this afternoon  Elected officials, community leaders, doctors and patients say turning the non profit hospital into a for -profit could lead to a health care crisis in south San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

State Attorney General Jerry Brown was not present at the hearing – he sent a representative. Brown has the authority to approve or deny the sale of 100-year-old Paradise Valley Hospital to Prime Healthcare.

The buyers say they’ll commit to keeping emergency services, mental health services and indigent care going for the next five years. But San Diego City Councilman Ben Hueso warned that if the hospital doesn’t turn a profit, it could be sold for condos after that. Hueso urged the State Attorney General to put more conditions on the sale.

Hueso: Our community is in your hands and we hope you will deliberate in all fairness and really consider how devastating this would be to the families in our district. This is really a life and death decision.

Hospital beds are already in short supply in the South Bay. Community leaders say the health care safety net is crumbling and in five years will be in full fledged crisis.

Alison St John KPBS News.

(Photo: Hundreds of South Bay residents pack hearing on proposed sale of Paradise Valley Hospital. Alison St. John/KPBS ).