Alameda County scores highest possible credit ratings

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Global credit rating behemoths Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service boosted Alameda County to the highest possible municipal bond score Monday.Fitch upgraded Alameda County to “AAA,” while Moody’s posted an “Aaa” rating. Alameda County’s consistent operating surpluses and overall strong local economy, along with “management’s progressive actions to address its long-term liabilities” earned … Continue reading Alameda County scores highest possible credit ratings

Chan asks Sutter, Eden Township to work together on latest hospital issue

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma ChanHealthcare district looking into parcel taxHEALTH CARE | With the future of San Leandro Hospital still up in the air, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan says its former operators--Sutter Health and the Eden Township Healthcare District--need to work together to solve the facility's perennially poor bottom line.“Both Sutter and Eden have … Continue reading Chan asks Sutter, Eden Township to work together on latest hospital issue

Cutter rips healthcare district for not paying ‘fair share’ to San Leandro Hospital

“I am quite outraged at what Eden does and how theydo it," said San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter.Cutter also questions Eden Township CEO's paySAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter excoriated the local healthcare district during a council meeting Monday night.for its refusal to further fund San Leandro Hospital.The hospital, … Continue reading Cutter rips healthcare district for not paying ‘fair share’ to San Leandro Hospital

Alameda County ambulance provider needs $5 million from taxpayers to continue services

A change in the county's payer mix since 2010 led to mounting losses, says Paramedics Plus.Proposal fails with Carson's no vote; Miley's recusalBOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The exclusive provider of ambulance services in Alameda County says it needs a $5 million infusion of cash to stanch mounting loses since signing the contract five years ago.Changes in the … Continue reading Alameda County ambulance provider needs $5 million from taxpayers to continue services

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

Court will allow Eden Township Healthcare Districtto pay $19.7 million in damages to Sutter Health overthe next 10 years rather than all at once.Chan wants Eden Township to provide hospital with additional financial helpSAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | An Alameda County Superior Court judge has granted a hardship request by the Eden Township Healthcare District to … Continue reading Court allows Eden Township to pay $19 mil in damages to Sutter over 10 years

Will the Eden Township District sacrifice itself for San Leandro Hospital, again?

Eden Township Healthcare District Board ofDirectors at a meeting last year.ETHD can pay $17m damages now; dissolveSAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | An old wound is being reopened in the years-long fight to keep San Leandro Hospital in operation. Alameda County and hospital officials say the community hospital, despite various subsidies, continues to incur monthly losses of … Continue reading Will the Eden Township District sacrifice itself for San Leandro Hospital, again?

AGENDA NOTES: Alameda County to place restrictions on Alameda Health System’s $150 million county debt

Alameda County Board of Supervisors will place strict parameters over AHS and its loan debt.Alameda County Board of Supervisors1221 Oak Street, Oakland, fifth floorTuesday, May 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: alcomtgCOUNTY TO KEEP TABS ON AHS The issue of Alameda Health Systems (formerly known as the Alameda County Medical Center) and its loan debt with the … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Alameda County to place restrictions on Alameda Health System’s $150 million county debt

Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot

Alameda Health System received $88 millionin tax revenue last year from Measure A. ELECTION 2014 | ALAMEDA COUNTY | Nearly every government agency seeking a ballot measure this election cycle characterizes its important in dire terms, but some come with a ring of truth. On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the first step toward … Continue reading Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot

Reauthorization for Alameda County’s Measure A may not come until 2016

A large portion of Measure A tax dollars isused to operate Oakland's Highland Hospital.ALAMEDA COUNTY | HEALTH CARE | Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan believes voters will not be asked to reauthorize a critical funding measure for the county’s health care system during this year's election cycle.Measure A, the massive and largely successful health care … Continue reading Reauthorization for Alameda County’s Measure A may not come until 2016

Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

HEALTH CARE | It seems San Leandro Hospital got out from under the thumb of Sutter Health in the nick of time. The California Nurses Association on Tuesday harshly criticized the hospital provider for potentially putting patients at risk when its $1 billion records keeping computer program went dark for most of the day on … Continue reading Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

How Alameda Health System Is Going All-In With Deals In Alameda, San Leandro

ALAMEDA COUNTY//HEALTH CARE | The fall and potential renaissance of two East Bay health care facilities in San Leandro and Alameda share similar qualities, they reportedly bleed money and struggle to compete in a market dominated by big players in the health care industry. However, while Alameda resident’s took control of their stand-alone hospital years … Continue reading How Alameda Health System Is Going All-In With Deals In Alameda, San Leandro

County To Form Task Force Examining Re-Up Of Measure A For Next Year

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Measure A is one of the most successful voter-approved referendums in Alameda County over the past decade. Since 2004, the half-cent transactions and use tax has garnered nearly $1 billion in revenue, two-thirds of which, greatly aid the county's health care safety net.In order to continue the tax windfall generated by Measure A, county and … Continue reading County To Form Task Force Examining Re-Up Of Measure A For Next Year

The Battles For Hayward

SUNDAY COLUMN | On Saturday, Rep. Eric Swalwell opened an office in downtown Hayward. The bit of real estate is important to note. His battle for re-election next year runs right through the Heart of the Bay. But state Sen. Ellen Corbett is also hoping to throw a "loop" in Swalwell's plans.During the last few weeks, … Continue reading The Battles For Hayward

San Leandro Hospital Deal May Not Be Done By Deadline, But Don’t Worry

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | The letter of intent between Sutter Health and Alameda Health System (AHS) to keep San Leandro Hospital open expires July 1. However, if July 2 comes around without a deal in place, don’t worry; says Wright Lassiter, the head of AHS, it’s not the end of the world.Lassiter told The Citizen … Continue reading San Leandro Hospital Deal May Not Be Done By Deadline, But Don’t Worry

Letter Of Intent Makes No Mention Of Keeping ER In San Leandro Open

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | The letter of intent signed two weeks ago by Sutter Health and Alameda Health System does not include language assuring the emergency room at San Leandro Hospital stays open. The proposed deal to transfer title of the facility to the former Alameda County Medical Center along with a $22 million subsidy … Continue reading Letter Of Intent Makes No Mention Of Keeping ER In San Leandro Open