The hospital was performing too few of the transplants to remain certified by Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor.
Sutter spokeswoman Nancy Turner says they plan to appeal. "We have been working with the Department of Health Services for several months trying to convince them that we have a very high quality program and that our volume, while it is low, doesn’t mean that the patients aren’t getting the best quality care here. Unfortunately, they have made this other determination."
Sutter is the only Northern California hospital – outside of the Bay Area – performing heart transplants.
The decision means patients from Modesto to Redding will have to travel to the Bay Area for transplants.