Eden Township Chair Carole Rogers easily won re-election Wednesday morning scoring just over 30 percent of the four-person ballot. Rogers, of course, is the popular choice of nurses and doctors currently fighting to keep San Leandro Hospital from closure by the county and Sutter Health. A bronze statue of Rogers could one day stand before the hospital entrance way, but until that fanciful moment, Rogers may have gained another board member willing to keep the legal heat of Sutter.
Attorney Lester Friedman surprised many by winning second place in the four-person race. The top three won seats on the new five-member healthcare board. Friedman, who last year, interviewed with the board to replace retiring member Dr. Walter Kran, but was passed over for Dr. William West, who finished third and also won re-election. Retired nursing assistant Susan Reisz appeared to be the board's favored member but ultimately fell less than 1,000 votes short.
The all-important board will now look like this: Rogers, West, Dr. Vin Sawhney, Dr. Rajendra Ratnesar and the newcomer Friedman. As opposed to one year ago, when this board's direction was rife with mistrust among members and legal help, the further refurbished board now possesses four strong anti-Sutter members and new legal counsel more in line with the board's aggressive legal charge to save the hospital.