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Nurses and Patients Petition Kaiser Permanente Manteca

Several dozen nurses and patients held a rally at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Manteca Wednesday, urging administrators to keep the facility open. Kaiser has not said said the hospital will close, but nurses say the elimination of key services and closing the third floor of the hospital is a clear indication that its days are numbered. “We need a full fledged running hospital, we’re good nurses and we want to care for our community … with all of our services here,” said Ruth Somera, a nurse who has worked at the hospital for 18 years.