Gabriel J. Sanchez

Community members mourn the closure of Doctors Medical Center

Plywood with large red letters simply reading “DMC Closed” was affixed to the signs on the street that once welcomed patients to the largest public hospital on the western part of Contra Costa County. Members of the community gathered at the hospital in the early morning of April 21 to say goodbye, then made their…

Doctors Medical Center: a 2014 retrospective

To better illustrate the troubled path Doctors Medical Center, Richmond Confidential presents an interactive article to help the community understand the hospital’s struggle in 2014.

Contra Costa County offers loan forgiveness to Doctors Medical Center

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to forgive about $9 million in repayment debt from struggling Doctors Medical Center (DMC) over the next three to five years. Supervisors John Gioia and Federal D. Glover proposed the two resolutions on Dec. 2, one providing immediate financial relief and the other a long-term stabilization strategy.…

Lytton Casino paves its way towards DMC

A lease agreement in May between Doctors Medical Center and the Lytton San Pablo Casino netted the troubled hospital $4.6 million. The deal keeps the hospital doors open for now, but was also the beginning of what may become a land grab by local investors.

Richmond floats plan to give DMC $15 million from Chevron project

  No time to read about Richmond City Council’s decision? Listen here. A unanimous vote from the Richmond City Council provided a $19 million promise to fund Doctors Medical Center over the next three years. The principle plan that the council members voted on was the $15 million allocated through the Chevron Environmental & Community…

Richmond City Council puts Chevron-DMC motion on hold while patients and hospital hold on

The fate of Doctors Medical Center remained in doubt after five hours of heated arguments at the Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday, which adjourned at 11:30 p.m. The council postponed until Oct. 21 any resolution regarding whether to provide funds to help save the failing hospital, but several members expressed a willingness to reverse their…

Doctors Medical Center propped up by state funds, long-term still in doubt

A senate bill allocating $3 million to Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo is intended to keep the hospital in operation but will likely not last beyond March, 2015. Uninsured and low-income patients may be forced elsewhere while officials struggle to find solutions to keep the DMC’s life support running.