City, county and state leaders on Friday are trying to figure out how to avoid the closure of Seton Medical Center, Daly City's only hospital, which is in danger of closing in the next several days.
A special meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will take place Friday evening at Daly City City Hall to discuss options.
On Friday morning, nurses from Seton along with community and elected leaders rallied against the closure after the hospital's nonprofit owner declared bankruptcy.
Verity Health System has been trying to find a buyer for months, and recent talks with a potential buyer have stalled. If the potential buyer does not make the purchase, the 356-bed hospital may close by next week.
A San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday became so packed that hospital staff and community members watched from the lobby as the board discussed efforts to sell the struggling medical center.
In a heated exchange, the bankruptcy attorney for the hospital told San Mateo supervisors that finding a buyer is not easy.
“We’re still talking to people,” the attorney said. “If you have ideas to help us, we’re open.”
The board agreed to hold an emergency meeting Friday to talk about the possibility of buying the medical center, or to work to help secure a buyer.