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Friday, October 21, 2011

Oral Arguments in Appeal of San Leandro Hospital Lawsuit Begin Nov. 2

SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL

Oct. 21, 2011 | The U.S. District Court of Appeals will begin oral arguments next month in the Eden Township Healthcare District's dispute with Sutter Health over title to the beleaguered San Leandro Hospital.

The hearings begin Nov. 2, 9 a.m. at the Earl Warren Building and Courthouse in San Francisco.

The often nasty two-year legal dispute between the Eden Township Healtcare District and Sacramento-based Sutter Health appears to be nearing the beginning of the end.

At issue is possession of title to San Leandro Hospital, which Sutter contends the District illegally withheld when it denied their right to purchase the facility under a much-decried agreement between the parties in 2008.  Sutter's request was rebuffed a year later by the District Board of Directors in 2009.

An Alameda Court Superior judge ruled in favor of Sutter last year, but the District appealed the decision arguing a former District board member possessed a conflict of interest in signing the controversial 2008 agreement. In addition, they say, George Bischalany, the current CEO of Sutter's Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley also served, at the time, in the same capacity with the District.

A loss in appellate court for the District would be devastating for the group of hardy local residents who have passionately fought for the hospital to remain open as a full-service facility with 24-hour emergency room access, but not fatal.

Numerous alternatives have been bandied about by the District and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. Among them consolidating  disparate services, including acute rehabilitation services, at San Leandro Hospital with help from the Alameda County Medical Center.

Another plan is merging St. Rose Hospital in Hayward with San Leandro Hospital under the umbrella of the health care district. Doing so, officials say, would allow the two hospital a greater economy of scale in procuring state and federal dollars.

6 comments :

St. Rose should be allowed to fail. It's is mismanaged. They run out of money (who's counting the dough?). They blame their IT system and fail to recognize their own mismanagement. Their leadership sucks and now they want to manage SLH. Let's reward bad management by giving them more responsibilities, in the real world they would have fired senior leadership.

SLH should be closed, let Kaiser provide ER care in our community. At SLH the quality of care is poor. Nurses and physicians don't care, another example of absent leadership.

Let's merge a poorly managed, dubious quality of care hospital (e.g. St. Rose) with a hospital with very poor care (e.g.San Leandro). Yes, ETHD, that a recipe for success.

obviousley your a complete moronic idiot. SLH sucks up all the non insured patients because if and when they do go to kaiser theyre given a quick fix and kicked out the back door. the nurses and doctors go through hell with these ghetto pieces of trash that expect to be pampered like kings and queens all the while sutter is stabbing the employees in the back cutting hours and finding new schemes to rip benefits away from honest hard working people.

Just wait until kaiser is open and SLH is closed. Their will be a huge public outcry from the lack of service

Kaiser will be a great boon for San Leandro, but nobody in the county is saying it does anything to alleviate the lack of beds or health care needs for the poor and/or uninsured. Kaiser is just gravy, but it is not part of this issue

70% of the emergency patients at San Leandro Hospital have insurance. Where will they go? Sutter says everyone can go to Kaiser. Only 3% of kaiser emergency patients are non Kaiser members now. St. Rose hospital has more emergency patients than San Leandro or Eden. Where will they go? If you are having a stroke or heart attack, you need be seen in minutes. Seconds count. San Leandro Hospital is ranked in the top 10% of hospitals in the State for quality care. Proud to be a nurse at San Leandro Hospital. I hope we can save your life

Steven:

Here's a survey that I would like to see of our local, county and state elected officials.

How many of you use or have used San Leandro Hospital, Kaiser, St. Rose or Eden?

How many employees of these "quality" hospitals use Kaiser?

I would guess that many of these "let's save SLH" don't even use the hospital.

I SURE DO GET A KICK OUT OF THESE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY AND THEY DONT HAVE THE GUTS TO PUT THEIR NAMES ON THEIR REPLYS, WELL I AM A SLH EMPLOYEE AND I DO NOT GO TO KAISER, I HAVE BEEN TO BOTH EDEN AND SLH, AND I FIND THEM BOTH TO BE TOP NOTCH HOSPITALS AND IF SLH SHOULD CLOSE THE COMMUNITY WILL SUFFER, BUT DOES SUTTER THE BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT MAKING NON PROFIT COMMUNITY BASED HOSPITAL CARE NOT ONE IOTA, IT WAS GOOD TO READ SUNDAY THAT THESE SO CALLED NON PROFIT HOSPITALS ARE FINALLY BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE STATE, NOW BACK TO THESE ANONYMOUS WRITERS, THE FIRST ONE ON THE REPLY DATED 10/21, YOU HAVE EVIDENTLY NEVER BEEN TO SLH IF YOU HAD YOU WOULDNT MAKE SUCH STUPID ACCUSATIONS, WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST DOCTORS AND SURGEONS IN THE BAY AREA THAT WORK HERE, I DONT KNOW WHAT VETERINARIAN YOU GO TO BUT YOU BETTER GET BACK IN FOR A CHECKUP I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE RABIES. AND AS FOR OUR NURSES, YOU SHOULD SOMETIME COME IN AND TALK TO OUR PATIENTS WHO ARE RECEIVING THE BEST MEDICAL TREATMENT AND CARE THAT YOU WILL FIND ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. SO MY SUGGESTION TO YOU IN TO GO CLIMB UNDER SOME ANONYMOUS ROCK AND DONT COME OUT FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF CENTURIES. SO I WILL CLOSE FOR NOW. YOURS TRULY JOHN KALAFATICH AKA "PAPA JOHN "

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