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SF faces shortage of skilled nursing care beds as demand rises
San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco is running out of hospital beds for inpatients requiring skilled nursing care, a shortage exacerbated by one of The City’s major healthcare provider’s hospital upgrades.

Patients exiting surgery or other intensive care who need more support than an in-home health care worker can provide typically stay in “skilled nursing facility,” or SNF, beds.

Beginning next year, hospital officials say there’s scheduled to be more patients requiring these beds than are available in San Francisco. And demand is projected to rise even further, at the same time as California Pacific Medical Center, whose hospitals are undergoing seismic retrofits, are doing away with these beds.