Save San Leandro Hospital Vet Appointed to Eden Township Board

Roxann Lewis is the newest member of 
the Eden Township Healthcare District
Board of Directors.

EDEN TOWNSHIP | One of the people who helped San Leandro Hospital escape closure last year is now a member of the Eden Township Healthcare District Board of Directors.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Roxann Lewis Wednesday to replace former board member Carole Rogers, who resigned earlier this month.

Lewis will serve the last six months of Rogers’ term in office. The seat and two others is up for re-election in the fall. Rogers, herself, served on the board since 2006 and positioned the Eden Township Healthcare District to challenge Sutter Health, then operator of San Leandro Hospital, in court since 2010 over a plan to shutter the community hospital.

In Lewis, the board appears to have selected a similar replacement. Lewis is also a former nurse who once worked at San Leandro Hospital and helped in the cause against Sutter Health.

This week’s appointment and fall election comes at a pivotal time in the health care district’s history. Without a hospital to oversee, the body is strictly a granting-giving government agency. In addition, some have questioned its long-term viability in this role.

Lewis’s seat is up for re-election in November, along with current board members Lester Friedman and Dr. William West.