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Sale of Daughters of Charity Health System

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Reymundo Espinoza, CEO

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has until February 20th to decide whether the 
Daughters of Charity Health System should be sold to Prime Healthcare Services. State law 
requires the approval by the attorney general any time a nonprofit hospital is sold to a for-profit 
company. In October, the Daughters board recommended Prime, a for-profit health service 
provider, as its top candidate to buy the non-profit hospital chain.

The charity care and community benefit programs maintained by the Daughters of Charity 
Health System have filled a critical gap in health services in our community.  This care has 
improved health outcomes and access to care for those living in poverty and without access to 
health insurance.  This care has been provided through the hospitals the chain operates, including 
O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy.  

Through our membership in the Community Health Partnership (CHP) – a consortium of 10 non-
profit community health centers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties – we are working hard to 
ensure that any proposed change to the County’s current health system doesn’t negatively impact 
those we serve. 

Specifically, we are recommending services to Medi-Cal recipients extend well beyond the 
currently proposed 10-year timeframe and that access to care, especially emergency room care, is 
equal to access given to private pay patients.  We are also asking for an appointed body to be 
formed to oversee access to care by the poor, uninsured, and Medi-Cal populations and that 
Prime by held responsible for maintaining critical access.

With nearly one in three Californians receiving health care services financed by the state, it’s 
imperative that the sale guarantees the same levels of emergency and non-emergency care to our 
community’s most vulnerable residents.  Our health care safety must remain strong and we must 
continue to invest in poor and low-income individuals and families who cannot participate in 
mainstream systems of care.

2014 Gardner Gala

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Reymundo Espinoza, CEO

In honor of the new Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center, we are holding a Gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014 called the “Year of the Child.”   The event is in recognition of the children we have the privilege to serve, many whom are immigrants and come with their families to the United States seeking a better life and futures filled with promise. Through our community partnerships and proceeds raised through this event, we will be able to continue to provide critical care to children who do not qualify for government or other health care coverage.  These children are our future and we must ensure their path to adulthood is a healthy one.

The Gala promises to be a spectacular event and is being held at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Guests will be treated to an inside view of the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, with panoramic views of the football field and second deck seats from the ballroom. The festive evening will have a health care theme and will include dinner, fine wines, performance poetry, and dancing to local favorite Tortilla Soup. 

I’m very excited that as part of the event, Gardner will be honoring Santa Clara County and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for their deep commitment to improving the health and vitality of our community.  Both organizations have been steadfast partners of Gardner and have been critical to fulfilling our mission. Supervisor Cindy Chavez will accept the award on behalf of Santa Clara County and Christopher Dawes will be accepting on behalf of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Together, we have built a strong system of care for the poor, vulnerable, and disenfranchised in our community and it will be an honor to recognize their tremendous contributions during this special evening.

I am also pleased by the support we’ve received from our event sponsors. Their sponsorship has allowed us to underwrite the entire cost of the event and ensures that 100% of proceeds will go towards providing access to health care for our clients. Our sponsors include Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Blach Construction, Santa Clara Family Health Plan, and the Health Trust, and many more. The full list of sponsors is too long to mention here, but can be found on our website at:

We hope you will join us for this not-to-be missed event.  Tickets are selling fast, but are still available at:  The Gala promises to be a great gathering of friends and a celebration of our shared passion for providing high quality health care to those in need.  I look forward to seeing you there!


El objetivo de Gardner es mejorar el estado de salud de las comunidades que servimos, en especial, de sus miembros marginales, pobres y más vulnerables. Nuestra misión es brindar atención médica integral de alta calidad, incluyendo servicios de prevención y educación, intervención temprana, tratamiento y servicios de prevencion de manera económica, respetuosa, adaptada a la cultura e idioma del paciente y adecuada para la edad del paciente.

Our Mission

Gardner is dedicated to improving the health status of the communities we serve, especially the disenfranchised, disadvantaged and most vulnerable members. Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive health care, including prevention and education, early intervention, treatment and advocacy services which are affordable, respectful, culturally, linguistically and age appropriate.

Gardner is an affiliation of two 501(C)(3) organizations:

  • Gardner Family Health Network, Inc. - Federal Tax Identification Number 94-1743078

  • Gardner Family Care Corporation, Inc - Federal Tax Identification Number 23-7153068

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