REDWOOD CITY —Despite pleas from workers to reconsider, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to close one of two long-term-care wards in the county hospital.
The closure was approved as part of the tentative adoption of the hospital's budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Sunday. San Mateo Medical Center officials believe that closing the ward will save $1 million for the financially strapped facility.
Many patients who would have stayed in the closing ward, known as Unit 1B, will be sent to Burlingame Long Term Care, a facility on Trousdale Drive operated by the medical center. Sicker patients or those who refuse to move will be transferred to the remaining long-term care unit at the hospital, said Dr. Sang-ick Chang, the medical center's interim CEO.