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Health care workers union rep says beware of partnership between Yuma Regional Med Ctr and LifePoint

A researcher for a national union that represents workers in health care among other industries including hotels, gaming and food service says Yuma-area residents need to be aware of a proposed partnership between Yuma Regional Medical Center and a national health care company.

Yuma residents will have a chance this week to weigh in on a proposed partnership between LifePoint Health, a holding of the private equity Apollo Management Group and Yuma Regional Medical Center. 


The venture would change the way healthcare is delivered in Yuma County, shifting YRMC from a non-profit to a for-profit business model. 


UNITE HERE, a labor organization in the U.S. and Canada, says private equity groups are increasingly playing a larger role in healthcare. KAWC’s Victor Calderón spoke with UNITE HERE researcher Michael Hachey about why deals like the one between YRMC and LifePoint Health are bad for communities. 




UNITE HERE operates a website that details what they say is a poor track record by LifePoint/Apollo with regards to cuts in medical staffing and services at other hospitals it operates in states including Nevada and Washington.


Stay tuned to KAWC Wednesday to hear from LifePoint CEO David Dill on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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