Alameda Health System

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Jordan Battani, the longest-serving member of the board that governed Alameda Hospital and a key player in its affiliation deal with Alameda Health System, has resigned her seat. Her resignation was effective May 23.

“It has been my great privilege and pleasure to serve the community of Alameda, and the employees, clinicians, patients and staff at Alameda Hospital as a member of the board of directors of the City of Alameda Healthcare District,” Battani wrote her fellow board members in a May 9 e-mail. “Together we’ve brought the organization safely through a series of significant challenges.”

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

It’s official: Alameda Hospital is now part of the Alameda Health System, Alameda County’s public health system.

The affiliation deal, finalized at 12:01 a.m. Thursday when the hospital’s license officially transferred into Alameda Health System’s hands, capped an intense effort by the hospital’s leadership to save the financially failing facility from closure as its cash dwindled and a deadline for making seismic fixes loomed.

When Alameda Health System assumes management of the financially troubled Alameda Hospital, the list of potential costs they’ll face includes as much as $37.45 million in seismic and other potential repairs, $5 million in loans and a possible $4.3 million hit for shifting workers’ pensions when they become employees of the countywide public health care system.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Photo by Dave Boitano.

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Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.

Alameda Hospital’s governing board approved a deal Thursday that will see a countywide health care provider assume operations of the financially ailing hospital, a move hospital managers have said will keep the its highly desired emergency room open and provide the cash needed to perform near-term seismic upgrades the special district set up to operate it can’t afford.

Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions.

The county medical system that Alameda Hospital is effectively seeking to join has conquered – or held at bay – a host of seemingly intractable problems, though it faces fresh challenges with the implementation of health care reform and the pending expiration of a countywide sales tax that supports the services it provides.