SOURCE: Catholic Healthcare West

January 29, 2008 12:32 ET

Media Statement Regarding California Healthcare Reform

Attribute to: Lloyd H. Dean, President/CEO, Catholic Healthcare West

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - The following is a statment from Lloyd H. Dean, President/CEO, Catholic Healthcare West: Catholic Healthcare West is disappointed California's leaders were unable to seize the rare opportunity to achieve meaningful healthcare reform during the Legislative Special Session. We are concerned this lack of progress will result in further deterioration of California's healthcare system and inhibit access to care for poor and disenfranchised Californians.

Nonetheless, we salute our leaders' efforts and are encouraged they reached consensus on several key issues including: transparency, quality and a hospital fee ensuring providers are more fairly and adequately reimbursed for care.

CHW continues to offer our support to California's political leaders to keep healthcare reform a priority. As the largest provider of hospital services and the largest private provider of Medi-Cal services in California, CHW has long been a leader in advocating for meaningful healthcare reform. Our position is that any healthcare reform proposal ensures affordability while also including coverage for all people, a stable financing system, a greater focus on quality, and improved accountability.

CHW remains committed to working for meaningful reform at the federal level in 2008 and will convene a Healthcare Leadership Summit next month, to be moderated by former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, which will focus on ensuring quality and compassion characterize a reformed national healthcare system.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 41hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest Catholic health care system based in the Western United States. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of more than 8,000 physicians and approximately 48,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2007, CHW provided $922 million in charity care and unsponsored community benefit. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.

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