When Joe Griffin’s aunt suffered a stroke last year, she was lucky to be in Richmond.
The city’s Kaiser hospital has the emergency capacity to deal with strokes. In fact, it has a specialty center dedicated to treating that medical emergency. But when the stroke ended and she needed follow-up care, Griffin’s aunt didn’t know where to go. Growing up, his family was uninsured and relied on Doctor’s Medical Center, then known as Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, for medical care. But the center had closed.