Healthcare chain's bid for 6 CA hospitals draws protest
Prime Healthcare Services Inc., a hospital chain that has come under fire for billing and patient privacy issues, is facing opposition over its potential acquisition of six California hospitals, including two medical centers in Los Angeles County. On Friday, hospital workers, union representatives and elected officials protested against Prime outside St. Vincent Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles, one of the six hospitals put up for sale this year by the Daughters of Charity Health System. The nonprofit Catholic chain also runs St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and four Bay Area hospitals.
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