The public hospital district that owns Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Doctors Medical Center-San Pablo (Calif.) is asking its voters to approve a property tax increase to provide working capital for the hospital when Tenet ends its lease on the facility July 31. The West Contra Costa Health Care District board voted unanimously to ask property taxpayers for about $6 million annually in a mail balloting that ends June 8, said Jim Beaver, the district's executive director. The tax payments also will subsidize the emergency room, Beaver said. In January Tenet included Doctors Medical Center on a list of hospitals it plans to divest. The company is divesting a total of 31 of its 100 hospitals. Tenet has leased the 131-bed San Pablo hospital from the healthcare district since January 1997, Beaver said. The district will operate the hospital when Tenet leaves but continues to seek lease offers, he said. -- by Vince Galloro
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