Alameda County Puts Controversial Laura’s Law Pilot Program on Hold

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | During one of the most heartbreaking, riveting and longest Alameda County Board of Supervisors meetings in recent memory, a long-discussed proposal to approve the early stages of a court-ordered treatment program for the mentally ill, was put on hold Tuesday after over five hours of testimony and clear signs … Continue reading Alameda County Puts Controversial Laura’s Law Pilot Program on Hold

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

The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

SUNDAY COLUMN | As the Legislature made a mad dash this week to clear its calendar of bills from its houses of origin, one specific floor debate in the Assembly showed why many distrust government and unfortunately assume their hands are tied by the sheer volume of corruption to do anything about it.Non-profit hospitals, which … Continue reading The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

‘This Is It’ Says County Official Asking Healthcare District For $20M Subsidy To Save San Leandro Hospital

SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | Asking for a $1,000 loan from skeptical parents is one thing, urging a struggling health care district to pony up $20 million to save a hospital’s emergency room is another. Sitting astride a lone office chair before the Eden Township Healthcare District Wednesday evening, the Director of Alameda County Healthcare Services … Continue reading ‘This Is It’ Says County Official Asking Healthcare District For $20M Subsidy To Save San Leandro Hospital

DEAL TO SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL IS ON THE TABLE

ILLUSTRATION/ Steven Tavares PHOTO/CNASAN LEANDRO//HEALTH CARE | Sutter Health and the Alameda Health System are set to sign a letter of intent to begin negotiation terms of an agreement that will keep San Leandro Hospital open for, at least, the next two years.Under the proposed deal, Alameda Health System (AHS), formerly known as the Alameda … Continue reading DEAL TO SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL IS ON THE TABLE

Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Labor protesting cuts to IHSS last year inSacramento. PHOTO/UDWAALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | If all else fails, the needy have the county safety net to provide a modicum of health and human services in troubled times. However, after five years of staggering budgets shortfalls, Alameda County is again struggling to maintain services while revenues shrink and demand for aid … Continue reading Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Miley: A Lack Of Leadership In Oakland Is Hastening Crime Problem

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS//ROUNDUP | A multi-agency proposal that would add up to 90 public safety officers for high crime areas in Alameda County has some federal and local hoops to jump through before receiving the $67 million grant. This week, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, often on the periphery of rising crime in Oakland … Continue reading Miley: A Lack Of Leadership In Oakland Is Hastening Crime Problem

Sutter’s Change Of Heart Gives East Bay Officials Hope For San Leandro Hospital

St. Luke's Hospital in San FranciscoSAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | Good news across the bay in San Francisco over Sutter Health’s deal to rebuild St. Luke’s Hospital and construct a smaller scale facility at Cathedral Hill is being viewed cautiously as a hopeful sign for the future of San Leandro Hospital.The fight by community members … Continue reading Sutter’s Change Of Heart Gives East Bay Officials Hope For San Leandro Hospital

State Attorney General Approves New Operator At St. Rose Hospital

HEALTH CARE | California State Attorney General Kamala Harris approved the transfer of operations at Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital to Alecto Healthcare Services last week in a deal public health officials hope will help bring the struggling safety net hospital back to financial good health.In the eagerly-awaiting decision, dated, Jan. 29, Harris’s office also added a … Continue reading State Attorney General Approves New Operator At St. Rose Hospital

Alameda County Official Says Sutter Will Not Close San Leandro Hospital Until 2014, At Earliest

HEALTH CARE | Sutter Health's long-held intention to shut down San Leandro Hospital will not happen this year, says the director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, but as early as spring 2014.The reason for the delay, says Alex Briscoe, is not due to Sutter’s indecision over shuttering the hospital and its much-needed emergency room, … Continue reading Alameda County Official Says Sutter Will Not Close San Leandro Hospital Until 2014, At Earliest

Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital Faces $3M Funding Gap By Sept. 30

Supervisors Wilma Chan and Richard Valle, St. Rose interimCEO Mak Nakayama/Photo Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY//HEALTH CARE | Hayward's perennially cash-strapped St. Rose Hospital faces a projected $3 million hole by Sept. 30, according to county officials. In addition, another $3 million in cash flow issues by next January will require the hospital to seek $6 million in funds to help … Continue reading Hayward’s St. Rose Hospital Faces $3M Funding Gap By Sept. 30

San Leandro Residents, Nurses Cast Hope In County Supervisors Saving Hospital

SAVE LEANDRO HOSPITALMay 3, 2012 | While the possible closing of San Leandro Hospital is now measured in weeks and months, rather than years, there remains optimism the facility and its workers still have options to stave off Sutter's reported intent to file a 90-day notice with the county to shutter its emergency roomAbout 100 nurses … Continue reading San Leandro Residents, Nurses Cast Hope In County Supervisors Saving Hospital

Sutter Health Feels Like It Was Attacked, Says County Official

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALMar. 29, 2012 | San Leandro Vice Mayor Michael Gregory says Sutter Health is willing to come back to the negotiating table in the dispute over San Leandro Hospital "if they can come out of this honorably."Gregory made the comment last Tuesday during a special ad hoc committee formed to analyze the situation with the hospital along with the general … Continue reading Sutter Health Feels Like It Was Attacked, Says County Official

St. Rose Gaining Recapitalization Money

ST. ROSEMar. 29, 2012 | The fundraising drive to save St. Rose Hospital from financial ruin has already brokered most of estimated $18 million the facility needs to stay in operation for the next six months, said the director of Alameda County Healthcare Services.Alex Briscoe, who heads the county's health care mechanism, said between $10-$14 million … Continue reading St. Rose Gaining Recapitalization Money

County Official Says San Leandro Hospital Can Be Saved, But In What Form?

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALMar. 27, 2012 | Just as arrangements are being made to prop the struggling St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, the director of county health care services says San Leandro Hospital can be rescued in some form regardless of the outcome of the Eden Township District’s lawsuit against Sutter Health. “We need to ensure … Continue reading County Official Says San Leandro Hospital Can Be Saved, But In What Form?