- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) - A state-commissioned report recommends that California regulators should condition the sale of six nonprofit Catholic hospitals on a commitment to keep the facilities open for 10 years.

Prime Healthcare Services Inc. has pledged to keep the financially struggling Daughter of Charity Heath Systems hospitals open at least five years and maintain existing services.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Prime would also need to continue participating in the Medi-Cal managed care and Medicare programs for at least 10 years, among other conditions( http://bit.ly/1xlsyrd). The 150-year-old Daughters of Charity chain is known for serving the poor.

The report was commissioned by Attorney General Kamala Harris, who must approve the sale.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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