Senator McGuire’s statement on irresponsible closure and relocation plans for Humboldt skilled nursing facilities

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement regarding the new closure and relocation plans submitted by Rockport Healthcare Services for three of its Humboldt County skilled nursing facilities.

“It’s incredibly disappointing that we are here again,” Senator McGuire said. “Rockport’s latest closure plan is irresponsible, continues to put the lives of patients at risk and jeopardizes the safety net of the greater Humboldt County health system. We are encouraging the California Department of Public Health to once again reject Rockport’s short-sighted plans, which will leave our communities vulnerable.” 

Today, Senator McGuire sent another letter outlining his concerns to the California Department of Public Health and urging them to again reject these closure plans. Senator McGuire is calling on the applicant and the state to explore all reasonable alternatives – and once and for all – develop a firm plan that will ensure Rockport’s patients health and safety is the top priority.

Attached is Senator McGuire’s letter to the California Department of Public Health.