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