The Eden Health District Board of Directors will decide Wednesday afternoon whether to hire former Eden Hospital executive George Bischalaney as its interim chief executive officer.
The board announced on Nov. 7 that it had terminated the contract of Michael Mahoney, its CEO of two years and a former executive at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward.
The same day, a direction was made by the board to authorize contract negotiations with Bischalaney to become interim CEO. The announcement was a surprised to many since it was Bischaleney, while at the helm of Eden Hospital, who had actively sought the closure of nearby San Leandro Hospital and was a strong critic of the Eden Health District Board of Directors.
The Eden Health District, then known as the Eden Township Health District, sued Sutter Health in 2011 to block the move. The hospital is located within the district’s boundaries.
The district, though, ultimately lost the case and was ordered to pay $20 million in damages to Sutter Health to be paid over the next 10 years. The district still owes roughly $10 million to Sutter Health. San Leandro Hospital, however, remains a full-service hospital with emergency room services.
Under terms of the proposed contract, Bischalaney would earn $17,333 a month in compensation for three months to serve as the district’s interim CEO. In addition, Bischalaney is to be classified as 40 percent of a full-time employee, working about 16 hours a week. He will not receive any health benefits, nor accrue any paid vacation, under the proposed terms.