A $250-per-person campaign fundraiser for Supervisor Janet Nguyen will be held Feb. 28 at the home of Dan Brothman, the CEO of Santa Ana’s Western Medical Center.

The “Tribute to Supervisor Janet Nguyen” follows Nguyen’s successful drive last year to give hospitals a permanent seat on the board of the $1.4-billion CalOptima health plan for Orange County’s poor and elderly.

A copy of the fundraiser invitation provided to Voice of OC said RSVPs should be directed to a phone number that also is listed as the Orange County contact for the Hospital Association of Southern California, a hospital trade association.

“I told Dan Brothman that we would be happy to help him with that,” said Julie Puentes, Orange County vice president for the association, which represents 26 hospitals in the county.

Neither the Western Medical spokeswoman nor Nguyen returned telephone calls seeking comment on the fundraiser.

Western Medical in Santa Ana is one of four Orange County hospitals owned by Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc. The others are Western Medical Center in Anaheim, Coastal Communities Hospital in Santa Ana and Chapman Medical Center in Orange.

According to Nguyen’s campaign filings with the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Integrated Healthcare has contributed $1,000 so far toward her re-election. The maximum allowed for any contributor to a county official during an election cycle is $1,800.


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