Eden Health District Board of Directors in 2013

HEALTHCARE | Without a hospital to oversee following the loss of San Leandro Hospital to Sutter Health in recent years, the Eden Township Healthcare District has long needed a face lift.

Meet the new Eden Health District, the elected government body announced Wednesday.

The new name has been in the works since last March and represents an opportunity to better communicate to the public the district’s identity and function, said the district. “Our name change to Eden Health District now presents us with a platform which we hope to launch better community recognition,” said CEO Dev Mahadevan.

In the past, surveys have shown a majority of the health care district’s residents said they have never heard of the government entity. In addition, its function as grant-making body for health care-related causes was virtually unknown to the public. The district encompasses Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and unincorporated Alameda County.

Ever since a lengthy, ill-fated lawsuit with Sutter Health over control of San Leandro Hospital, now operated by Alameda Health System, the Eden Health District has struggled to find an identity. Some county supervisors previously raised the possibility of dissolving the district since it no longer oversees a hospital while also urging it to expend financial resources for the short-term operation of San Leandro Hospital.

Meanwhile, its five-member board of directors will soon begin the process of adopting a new strategic direction and priorities for the next three to five years, Mahadevan said.