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Kaiser rejects nurses’ bid to give them lemonade receipts

Eli Glass, 6, operated a lemonade stand in front of Kaiser Manteca Thursday with support of seniors looking to restore hospital services.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED May 16, 2014 1:31 a.m.

They’re not ready to give up the fight just yet.

Kaiser Manteca nurses and seniors were back at it Thursday for another round of trying to restore the local health facility to being fully functional.

This time they a hosted lemonade stand in front of the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center.

“This was symbolic,” said Richard Paul of the lemonade stand operated by 6-year-old Eli Glass.

He’s the son of Modesto Kaiser RN Amy Glass, who strongly believes that Manteca deserves a fully functioning hospital.

Since January 2013, Kaiser Manteca has done away with many of the core services, including cardiology, gastroenterology, ultrasound and the entire medical surgical hospital floor.

Further outraging nurses and seniors was the report that Kaiser made over $2.7 billion in profits in 2013 not to mention the $21.7 billion in reserves, according to Manteca RN Ruth Somera.

She pointed out that Kaiser Manteca’s cut in services has put the community in risk.

“We’re selling lemonade to help Kaiser make more profit even though Kaiser has charged us thousands of dollars a year in premiums,” Somera said.

Lemonade sold for 25 cents a cup. The stand was open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., tallying about $100.

“Kaiser refused the money,” Amy Glass said. “They don’t take donations.”

The group has kicked around the idea of putting the funds into a cashier’s check addressed to one of the Kaiser big wigs.

Richard Paul and his wife, Patricia, moved to Manteca from Pacifica to not only be close to family but because of Kaiser being nearby.

A military veteran, Richard went in to the local Kaiser last December when his fever soared to 105 degrees. He was surprised to be whisked away via ambulance to Modesto since services in Manteca had been cut.

 Paul later received a bill for $6,900 for the ambulance service.

“As a veteran, my insurance took care of it,” he said. “But there are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate.”

Richard and Patricia Paul added that the shuttle – available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – also isn’t up to snuff.

“If you’re in (the Modesto Kaiser) until 9 o’clock and you’re finally released at 10 p.m. it’s tough to get a ride back since many seniors don’t drive,” Richard Paul said.

 

To contact reporter Vince Rembulat, email vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com.


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