Health Care: Huffman keeps pressure on Sutter; Napa doctor obtains eye device

San Rafael Assemblyman Jared Huffman is keeping up pressure on Marin County's Sutter hospital board, demanding a full explanation of why more than $120 million was transferred out of the county.

In the first of two letters sent to the organization, Mr. Huffman, a Democrat, asked the board to provide a paper trail on all decisions regarding several out-of-county "excess" cash transfers, most of which occurred after Sutter Health agreed to end its lease of the hospital early.

The demand followed documents disclosed by Sutter showing the transfer of about $48 million of Marin General profits in 2008 and $38.7 million in 2007, with smaller amounts in previous years.

"I ask that you provide my office with all documents that relate to the MGH Board's role in reviewing, commenting upon, advising or approving these transfers," he said in the July 17 letter.

Ten days later, the hospital board responded without agreeing to provide the paperwork, saying it has complied with all obligations under its settlement agreement with the Marin Health Care District.


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