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Healthcare.

The Alameda Healthcare District meeting is 7p on Monday, July 11th, at the hospital (second floor).

ATTEND THE MEETING.

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION.

TO THE DIRECTION THE MAJORITY OF THE AHD BOARD IS TAKING US AND HOW THEY ARE SPENDING OUR MONEY.

The majority on the board intend to vote to approve the levy of the parcel tax on us again for 2012. And they intend to spend that $5.5M on opening up a new facility on Atlantic Avenue (extremely pricey medical retrofitting) that serves off-island patient populations. HUH? That’s right: they intend to spend the free money we give them each year to sustain on-island medical services to serve us, the residents, on a business that focuses on serving the cities off-island. HUH?

I’m outraged at the audacity of the AHD board; aren’t you?!

Read on below to better understand the absolute impudence they have shown with this new business strategy.

And this critically important reading on the AHD Board: Should the Board Majority and Deborah Stebbins Resign?

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In a city of around 75,000 people, a small subset, about 500 or so, residents need care for open wounds that won’t heal. They need specific in- and out-patient treatments for their wounds. But that’s a pretty small percent of our population, right?

Then WHY is the Alameda Healthcare District (AHD) spending the $5.5M in parcel tax dollars we give them on opening a wound care center on Atlantic Avenue?

The answer, directly from Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah Stebbins at last month’s AHD meeting: to serve (read: drive revenue from) off-island populations.  That’s right: their bright, shiny, new idea is to use our parcel tax dollars to start a new business to provide healthcare services that primarily meet the needs of non-Alamedans. HUH?!

It doesn’t make sense to spend all of the free money we give them on less than 1% of our population. That’s not healthcare for the residents of the city of Alameda. That’s highway robbery!

The Alameda Hospital Emergency Department (ED) sees, on average, 45 patients per day….. Continue reading

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Our living dinosaur: Alameda Hospital Emergency Department.

The Alameda Hospital Emergency Department should be obsolete.  Why isn’t it?  Oh, right: something yawl voted on in 2002 that gives them the free money (tax revenue) to stay in business whether it makes sense for the city or not.  And the Alameda Healthcare District Board has proven (read up on the business strategies they enacted in 2010) that the very survival of the hospital is more important than providing services that actually fit the medical needs of the community that supports them with free millions of dollars per year.  What a business model!  Never ending millions each year for free! No expenses incurred to gain the millions. No debt.  Just free! Wow. I guess if my business had that, I wouldn’t have to align my services with my customer segment either.  So wrong.  So SO wrong.

In February 2011, out of the 267 people arriving by ambulance at Alameda hospital, 168 (62%) arrived via an AFD ambulance (source).  All AFD buses are ALS (advanced life support) ambulances, you know, the kind that have more capability than the Emergency Department (ED) at Alameda Hospital?  Yeah, that kind.

168 people were taken by an ALS ambulance to Alameda Hospital.  That makes no sense.  … Continue reading