The state attorney general's office has told the owner of Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital that neither the hospital nor its emergency room can be closed until the firm honors certain commitments made when it bought the facility in December. Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer gave Tenet Healthcare Corp. until Monday to respond to his office's findings, spokeswoman Sandra Michioku said.
About 100 community organizers, residents of Marina del Rey and Venice, and a few of the Marina hospital's doctors rallied on the front lawn of the facility Monday to celebrate the temporary reprieve. The ER was slated to close July 22, followed by the rest of the hospital in August.
"The refusal of Tenet to consult our community has given the hospital a second life," said Maura Kealey, a spokeswoman for Service Employees International Union, which is part of a community coalition seeking to save the 166-bed hospital.
Michioku said Tenet has not provided documents proving that it solicited public input or consulted with community-based health organizations, local elected officials or hospital employees before deciding to close the hospital. Tenet has also failed to show that the publicity campaign informs residents of other nearby urgent-care or ambulatory-care facilities that serve Medi-Cal and Medicare recipients and provide charity care, Michioku said.