Court allows Eden Township to pay $19 mil in damages to Sutter over 10 years

Court will allow Eden Township Healthcare District
to pay $19.7 million in damages to Sutter Health over
the next 10 years rather than all at once.

Chan wants Eden Township to provide hospital with additional financial help

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | An Alameda County Superior Court judge has granted a hardship request by the Eden Township Healthcare District to pay the $19.7 million in damages it owes to Sutter Health over the next decade instead of a lump-sum payment that threatened the district’s financial viability.

In the ruling issued last week, the court sided with the district’s petition to pay the $19.7 million over ten years plus interest based on the one-year Treasury bill rate. Eden Township Healthcare District CEO Dev Mahadevan said the elected board of directors is ready to make its first payment on June 30. Sutter Health could still appeal the hardship decision, but it is unlikely.

After the healthcare district, which covers much of Southern Alameda County, sued in 2009 to block a bid by Sutter Health to gain control of San Leandro Hospital and close its emergency room, a state court ruled in Sutter Health’s favor four years later. Damages from the estimated losses to Sutter Health, incurred at the hospital during the legal fight, were set at $19.7 million. The district, however, maintained that being forced to pay that amount all at once could force the public agency into bankruptcy.

In a side deal, Sutter Health had pledged to donate the $19.7 million to San Leandro Hospital’s new owner, Alameda Health Systems, along with $22 million to operate the hospital’s emergency room. The judge’s ruling, thus, raises questions about the hospital’s financial viability, since it will not be receiving the $19.7 million right away.

Stacey Wells, vice president of communications and public affairs for the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, said the organization was disappointed with the court’s decision. “The district has assets that can and should be liquidated to resolve this judgment instead of its continued efforts to avoid payment.”…


8 thoughts on “Court allows Eden Township to pay $19 mil in damages to Sutter over 10 years

  1. Why even have an Eden Township Healthcare District Board if they don't save San Leandro Hospital's Emergency Room?


  2. Mahadevan has a horrible history of trying to close the San Leandro Hospital Emergency Room. If the new Board doesn't honor the commitment of the old Board to San Leandro Hospital, they need to be replaced along with Dev.


  3. Shouldn't the purpose of Eden Township Healthcare District be to keep Hospital Emergency Rooms open 24/7? Pay what you promised! This helps all the hospitals in the area, especially Highland. Many of the San Leandro Hospital patients come from Oakland. Oh, and fire Dev because he has been misleading the Board, and some say in Sutter's camp from the very beginning when they tried to close the Emergency Room.


  4. Dev Mahadevan has been lying from the very beginning. He always wanted to help close San Leandro Hospital and turn it into rehab.


  5. Dev Mahadevan should be fired, and if he isn't, the entire Board should be dissolved. They are worthless if they don't pay the 20 million they promised to San Leandro Hospital.


  6. Most of the $19.7 million in “damages” claimed by Sutter was their so called operating losses during the time that the District forced them to keep San Leandro Hospital open. Interesting that Alameda County brought the hospital to break even financially shortly after taking over. Hollywood math.


  7. $19.7 million is spare change for Sutter – they should fork over what they promised to Alameda County to keep San Leandro Hospital open. Wilma Chan should be on their case to do that immediately.


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