(May 8, 2014, Pomona, CA) – Recently, the
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 944 initiated a demonstration in front of Casa Colina, located on the northeast corner of Garey and Bonita Avenues in Pomona, proclaiming Casa Colina should be ashamed for its behavior in selecting a construction contractor that uses substandard subcontractors.
Casa Colina officials would like to set the record straight and publicly declare its rationale with regard to selecting all construction contractors for its new 31-bed hospital wing on its 20-acre medical and rehabilitation campus.
There are currently 35 construction subcontractors employed on Casa Colina's expansion project. Of these, 13 are Union contractors and 22 are non-Union contractors. When non-Union contractors were selected, the price differential with competing Union contractors varied from 30 to 50%.
Stated Robert Barnes, Casa Colina Director of Project Development, "In all cases, Union contractor bids were higher, but in some cases, Union trades declined to bid. The lowest bid was obviously a factor in the selection process, but certainly not the only factor nor the governing factor. Numerous other issues are vetted before selections are made. 'Union versus non-Union' is not a consideration, even if the numbers were to match. Casa Colina and its general contractor thoroughly investigate all contractors that work on its projects and verify their practices. The subcontractor referenced here is no exception."
""As a non-profit medical and rehabilitation provider, we have an obligation to our community to remain fiscally sound," said Felice L. Loverso, Ph.D., President and CEO of Casa Colina. "This includes selecting vendors that offer proven high quality at an affordable cost. This enables us to provide many free or low cost health benefits to our community - nearly $3.9 million this past year alone – that included treating children with autism and other patient populations with no insurance or very limited coverage. It enabled us to treat nearly 7,000 patients who could not pay for care at Casa Colina this past year. It enabled us to care for over 55 U.S. soldiers with brain injuries – regardless of Casa Colina's ability to be reimbursed. We are proud of our 75-year history, and our future growth, in a responsible way, is essential to our ability to provide this type of charitable care as well as to bring new and broader services to the community."
Casa Colina requests any concerns and/or considerations for public comment be addressed to its Communications Officer at 909/596-7733, ext. 2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Casa Colina was founded in 1936 in Chino, CA to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In 1959, it moved to a new facility in Pomona, CA and expanded its services to treat people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to include a state-of-the-art 68-bed acute rehabilitation hospital accredited by The Joint Commission that includes outpatient and children's services; post-acute residential care accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); adult day health care; specialty physician's clinics; diagnostic imaging; ambulatory surgery, and more. The new Casa Colina Medical Office Building opened on the Pomona campus in June 2013 and construction of a 31-bed medical/surgical hospital wing is currently underway with a scheduled opening in 2015. It also operates a freestanding outpatient center in Azusa, CA. For more information, visit www.casacolina.org.