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In case you missed it . . .

Alameda Healthcare District intends to merge with Alameda Health System.

The notice (here) says it was posted on Friday, 6/14, (it wasn’t), and that it includes a 36-page document (it doesn’t).

It was posted today, Father’s Day, at 10a.

The Alameda Healthcare District is—by all intents, constructions, and purposes—intent on all of us missing this notice and not participating in this rather significant discussion.

How do you feel about the Alameda Healthcare District spending the $7,000,000 we give them in taxes each year to merge with an organization that owns Highland HospitalHighland WellnessEastmont WellnessHayward Wellness at WintonNewark WellnessFairmont Hospital, and John George Psychiatric Hospital? And that is funded by Alameda Health System Foundation?

How do you feel about that merger and their continued use of our $7M in annual taxes?

Did you know: the annual levy of taxes on us is optionalContinue reading


The Hospital.

Elliott Gorelick’s post today warrants republishing (see below here).  And PLEASE SHARE this post with others; it could protect one’s quality of life. It could safe a life.

The hospital itself told me they nearly killed me in the Emergency Department (ED) a couple of years ago, they don’t know why I didn’t die. This, during a minor (read: easy straight forward diagnosis and treatment) medical emergency (that was extremely painful, i.e., required emergency attention). Not only did I nearly die whilst in the Alameda Hospital ED, I was about 200% worse once home . . .  Continue reading

Are you applying for the vacant seat on the Alameda Heathcare District Board? If so, your app is due on January 3rd.

The information about the Alameda Healthcare District Board vacancy is here.

Also, AHD Board Member Gorelick’s first post of 2013 is here.  His post contains 3 points. I’ve taken the liberty of republishing his third point:

3.  The application process for the Board seat vacated by Stewart Chen is ongoing.  Thursday, January 3 is the last day to apply so, if you were considering it, you may have to scramble.  Unfortunately, there is little chance that the Board majority would allow someone with the idea of closing the Hospital on, but perhaps you enjoy quixotic efforts.   Several times I have referred to the previous application process where the odious Williams was chosen where it was ridiculously obvious that she was the designated choice.   Unless you have been solicited to apply by one of the Board majority, don’t count on having a chance of actually serving.  – Elliott Gorelick, January 1, 2013


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




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?


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

One year ago.

It was one year ago this month that I almost died, languishing in a bed in the Emergency Department at Alameda Hospital from an overdose of an extremely strong narcotic (10x the strength of morphine) prescribed by the ED physician and administered by the nurse.  The nurse who had put me in a dirty room on a dirty bed apparently didn’t monitor my vital signs for hours.  The nurse who came on the next shift was the one who noticed the dangerously low blood pressure… the hospital itself said I should have died; they do not know why I did not.

So yes, it’s personal.

When I see the Alameda Healthcare District Board meetings, when I hear Dr. Deutsch speak nonsensically, when I read old documents showing the discussions and decisions identifying ways to make money by manipulating medical protocols and deviating from medical standards….when I see AHD board decisions based in weak discussions with no substance and even less foundation for strategy decisions, when I read letters from others about horrible experiences at our local hospital—and there are more than you can even imagine—, when I see the bright, new shiny business strategies that make no sense—they don’t fit what our city needs nor will they make enough money to support the hospital—, when I see the continued blinders the majority on the hospital board have when it comes to using our tax dollars in order to reposition the hospital to fit the medical services….I am completely perplexed. 

It’s not like it’s rocket science. How hard could it be to use the $5+M per year to repurpose the hospital resources and provide what we need?  The problem: they’d have to quit competing with Alta Bates and other nearby hospitals (who incidentally call Alameda the Toy Hospital…’nuf said).  And THAT my friends is an ego issue.

Clearly, based upon medical trends, rapid changes in medical technologies, and the federal healthcare program, Alameda Hospital cannot compete with contemporary medical services, or keep up with constant changes, in a region where world class services are practically within spitting distance of our city. They should not be trying.  But what they could do that would be amazing: become a series of urgent care centers. But again, the egos would have to take a hit.  And as we’ve seen, the egos and personal incomes of those in charge have been the primary foci of those leading our hospital.  It’s wrong. Worse, it’s harming people and wasting our tax dollars which could be doing quite a lot of good if spent wisely or even well.

Aren’t you tired of Business As Usual down at Clinton Avenue?  Can’t anyone see a way to a future that better serves the diversity of people—wealthy, poor, renters, homeowners, needy children—in our city?  Those in charge must be able to.  For whatever reason, they won’t.

It’s our hospital. It should serve us and serve us well. Why are all the new strategies focused elsewhere?

Way worse than we imagine.

What is?  The unethical business culture down at our very own extremely well-funded (our tax dollars!) financially-failing institution called the Alameda Hospital led by the Alameda Healthcare District (AHD).

See Dr. Jerrold A. Kram’s Letter exposing Dr. Deutsch’s latest grandiose scheme to yet again take advantage of our local medical organizations here.

It’s a long read—so stop here and go read it if you’re limited on time: Dr. Kram’s details of the latest/greatest actions of the AHD’s Grand Poobah are unbelievable, and confirm 100% my horrified take on Deutsch when I first met and spoke with him at the League of Women Voters’ panel discussion in 2010.  I urge you to read Dr. Kram’s Letter first, before reading anymore here.

Deutsch intends to poach at-risk patients by converting them to his patients, or his practice’s patients, after they are discharged from Alameda Hospital and placed into sub-acute care. This will interrupt and discontinue the patient relationships with their primary care physicians (!). AND he is scheduled to take over as administrator of the sub-acute care unit. HUH?!  And WTF?!  How on EARTH does our Hospital and AHD Board allow this?! Oh, right: the AHD Board has a majority that creates these business relationships, that places Deutsch front and center for his own revenue and their continued/expanded control, and then speaks with a forked-tongue about all of it along the way so they can scurry around the real issues and keep doing business as usual, a business which is apparently focused squarely on expanding their personal sphere of influence and personal incomes.

The AHD and the Alameda Hospital provide the public with specious arguments—wait for it, there will be one forthcoming post haste in response to Dr. Kram’s Letter—that most Alamedans fall for every time, i.e, they continue to be able to get away with it. For decades now, they have. Aren’t you ready to do something about it yet?

Dr. Deutsch’s impact on us is way worse than we imagine it’s possible to be—all Alamedans assume the best despite what is, and has been, right before our very eyes. Too many think, oh, it can’t be what it looks like. Well, it can. It is. And worse. Documentation of Dr. Deutsch’s lifetime campaign of deliberate, self-serving, unethical influence on Alameda’s medical services and organizations can be found dating back to the early 1980s.

I urge everyone reading Dr. Kram’s Letter to make formal complaints with both the State Medical Board and the FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission)—in writing, using your name (not anonymous). We all need to come together, and together publically–yes, lend your name!—stand up against what’s wrong: our hospital and AHD Board can only serve us if adhere to best medical, ethical, and business practices. Time and time again, they show they are not. We must stop the endemic and very real harm their leadership causes. Every Alameda resident is touched by this, harmed by it personally or by someone they know. I sure have been, as have neighbors and others!  Moreover, it’s just soooooooooo so wrong.  PLEASE FILE YOUR COMPLAINTS:

FPPC complaint form: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/enforce/complaint_form.1.pdf

In the state of California, there are separate state agencies for doctors, for nurses, and for hospitals. We have to report each separately.

Here’s the information for reporting doctors:

The Medical Board of Californiahttp://www.medbd.ca.gov/consumer/complaint_info.html
See the link on that page for the Consumer Complaint Form, a PDF file that you download.

Phone for information:
Central Complaint Unit
California toll-free line: 1-800-633-2322
Phone: (916) 263-2382

Mail your Written Complaint to:
Medical Board of California
Central Complaint Unit
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815

You can verify a doctor’s medical license status and view any complaints to the Medical Board here: http://www2.mbc.ca.gov/LicenseLookupSystem/PhysicianSurgeon/Search.aspx

Until we take it back the Alameda Healthcare Distsrict and make them serve us—the taxpayers that keep them in business—we should consider renaming it the Political Healthcare District or Deutsch’s Personal Lifestyle & Pension Fund.  I mean, the place is the launching pad for everyone’s political careers—Tam, Bonta, and almost Williams [thankfully, the voters intercepted that!]. And those few–through their behavior whilst on the AHD Board—showed they:

1. Were not interested in optimizing the hospital resources for oriented medical services to prioritize residents needs

2. Were interested in optimizing their own political careers even when their ultimate career path conflicted with medical sciences, practices, and standards: their success won at the cost of healthcare to 70,000 residents!

3. Were so unethical and self-serving that they did support and enable Dr. Deutsch’s highly unethical business practices both in the medical field and on the AHD Board.

4. Are not even now speaking out on our behalves, not using their influential positions on City Council to correct things. In fact, last year, Tam spoke in support of the substandard emergency medical protocols!  And Bonta, well, he was part and parcel of those heinous business strategies that were in direct conflict of medical standards!


1. Make a complaint to the FPPC – Dr. Deutsch should NOT be on the AHD Board and allowed to vote on decisions from which he directly profits (he does this every year when he votes for the parcel tax!) and about this new information that Dr. Kram has exposed, and any other conflicts of interests you yourself think may warrant investigation << it’s the FPPC’s job to ascertain whether there is a problem; they can only do their job if we ask them to.

2. Make a complaint to the State Medical Board – if you’ve had problem with Dr. Deutsch’s medical practice

3. Write down your own horror story that you’ve experienced at Alameda Hospital and post it in a Note on ‘Dangerous Incompetence – Alameda Hospital’, a facebook group.

Crazy logic. Stupid culture.


Blogsphere commenters say that the fact that SunCal’s Measure B failed does not mean that Alamedans do not want SunCal to develop our Point. Because so few voted in that election, the 85% that voted against it comprises a minority of Alamedans, an insufficient number to draw the conclusion that Alamedans don’t want SunCal, and therefore, Alamedans do want SunCal. To these people, Measure B’s failure should not impact our city’s going forward working with SunCal. We don’t want to impede our mayor.

Back up the trucks for a minute here: corollary thinking lead us to dismiss Gilmore’s position as our Mayor: she had 36.45% of the total vote, which is extremely low in and of itself (lowest ever for a mayoral winning bid?), but—using that same logic—as a percent of all Alamedans (who voted and did not vote both), it’s miniscule.  She’s not the mayor!

Oh but wait, she has the keys to City Hall. Dang. We have to work with her.  As we should: it’s our job to manage up regardless who our democratic system placed into the elected positions.  Which means: if we do our job, she has to work with us.


Yet again in Alameda: someone suffers and it gets discovered that a group of someones in positions of authority have been managing an organization and its facilities in a way that has the potential to cause harm because procedures go against common sense and industry standards of practices.  When brought to their attention, what is the response?  The Alameda Martyr rears his/her head.  OMG is the response: why is anyone complaining about them? Don’t they deserve your accolades for their selfless service? The complainer is a horrible person because the managers of the organization deserve admiration and nothing else!

Argumentum ad hominem, or Shoot the Messenger, pervades the culture in all organizations in Alameda. What is up with that?!  Is this why Alamedans are so afraid to speak up/out?  

To those of you in positions of authority:

I simply do not understand how your ego is your priority, all important, over your having any concern whatsoever when your actionsare shown–by objective criteria— to presage harm! I know, I know: Alamedans say, but we’ve been doing it this way for years/decades—show me the harm!  I refer back to my question: Alamedans are afraid to speak up/out, and they do not. For the most part, people in charge do not get held accountable…open, factual dialog to optimize anything is not the norm here because people take everything personal here, and then no one wants to be the one who made someone feel bad, or be the one who is The Bad One Who Complained. Wakeup call: IT’S NOT PERSONAL.  All we ask is that you simply do your job correctly.

It’s time for a change folks. If your leadership, decisions, strategies and programs are not consistent with contemporary and best standards of practices, move your ego out of the way, re-orient your focus to consider potential harm to real people who suffer, and do whatever it takes to ensure that everything under your jurisdiction, and anything you can laterally influence, is done correctly, thoroughly and as safely as possible, optimizing conditions for everyone.

How can you live with yourself for wanting it any other way?