Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Eden Healthcare District Votes To Appeal Ruling

The Board of Directors for Eden Township Healthcare District unanimously voted to appeal Alameda County Superior Judge Marshall Whitley's ruling against the health care agency in favor of Sutter Health. The District's conflict-of-interest claim was denied last Monday when the judge found neither Eden Medical Center CEO George Bishalaney and former District boardmember Dr. Francisco Rico did not stand to financially gain by the controversial 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between the District and Sutter. The agreement indirectly led to Sutter and the county entering a deal to close the hospital and reconfigure it to an acute rehabilitation facility. Below is Wednesday night's announcement following a closed session meeting of the board:

The Eden Township Healthcare District is disappointed that a judge ruled against our countersuit against Sutter Health. Our goal when filing this suit was to keep San Leandro Hospital and its emergency medical facility open. This remains our goal.
After reviewing our options with legal counsel, the Board of Directors decided unanimously to pursue appellate court review of the decision.
When we initially filed this suit, Sutter Health was preparing to close San Leandro Hospital. Our efforts have kept the doors open for months longer than originally planned. This has saved lives and protected the health of our community. This is the mandate of the Eden Township Healthcare District. It is why we decided to pursue legal action in the first place and why we are pursuing appellate review now. 


CORRECTION: The five member Board did NOT vote unanimously to appeal the summary judgment in favor of Sutter. It was the three person committee charged with guiding the litigation strategy that voted unanimously on that issue.

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