- In other action
On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors also:
- Restored one deputy district attorney and a DA investigator for real estate fraud at a cost of $382,239. The money, good for one year, will come from a settlement between the California Attorney General's Office and Countrywide Financial Group.
- Awarded a contract with Knife River Construction of Stockton to resurface about a mile of Beckman Road between Kettleman and Harney lanes. Workers will coordinate with officials from Cherokee Memorial Park to avoid blocking the entrance during funerals.
- The work is tentatively scheduled to begin in October and end within 10 working days. The county will pay $331,600 in Measure K sales tax funds and $2,400 from the city of Lodi.
- Approved a $300,000 settlement with Mailene Tolentino for the loss of her baby during delivery at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, which the county owns. The plaintiff claimed malpractice by hospital staff. The county counsel's office recommended the settlement because it will result in a timely economic resolution with the release of any potential claims, which will be in the best interest of the county.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:04 am, Wed Sep 12, 2012.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors agreed to spend $250,000 to replace outdated equipment needed to sterilize items used for surgery and maternity procedures at San Joaquin General Hospital.
The need is so acute that the Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency on Tuesday to exempt the county from the competitive bid process and having to get approval by public works. The board instead awarded the contract to a company known as Belimed.
The emergency was declared because the sterilization machine and a back-up unit stopped working simultaneously twice this year, according to hospital CEO David Culberson. No surgeries needed to be postponed when both sterilizers went down at the same time, but that could happen if new equipment isn't purchased, Culberson said after Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
This year, San Joaquin General borrowed a sterilizer from another hospital, but there's a four- to six-year turnaround time to borrow the equipment, he said.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:04 am.