Nurses at Kaiser Manteca warned the community Sunday during a forum that services at their facility were slowly diminishing.
“We do not do Echocardiograms after 5 in the evenings. That is a basic test that should be in every functioning hospital,” said Ruth Somera, Registered Nurse at Kaiser Manteca.
Nurses say those services and many more including orthopedics and cardiology tests vanished from their hospital not to mention an entire third floor shut down without warning.
“They also closed the CDA, which was another seven-room unit that we used to use as an extension to the emergency room,” said Somera.
Nurses say the now non existent services were moved to Kaisers Modesto facility making it a much longer trip for families in Stockton, Lodi and Manteca.
Rosemary Heckl purposely switched her medical carrier to Kaiser so that she would not have to travel to Modesto, then learned of the changes.
“It was a little upsetting. We like the community here. We like the fact that we have the hospital close to us and we want to keep it here,” said Hekl.
Kaiser has said in previous reports that the Manteca facility is not closing.
“Read the writing on the wall. You are taking all of these services away what are you leaving us with. What are you leaving this community with,” said Somera
According to the California Nurses Association, during today’s forum Kaiser Manteca was placed on diversion meaning the hospital was too overwhelmed and ambulances were directed to other hospitals.