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Friday, March 10, 2017

Eden Health District CEO to retire this summer

Dev Mahadevean has served as Eden
Health District CEO for nine years.
EDEN HEALTH DISTRICT
Eden Health District CEO Dev Mahadevan announced Friday that he is retiring, effective July 1, after nine years leading the day-to-day operations of the central Alameda County health care agency.

During Mahadevan’s tenure the district (known previously as the Eden Township Healthcare District) greatly expanded its financial holdings, including the construction of medical offices on Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley and Dublin Gateway Center. At the same time losing operational control of both of its hospitals, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and San Leandro Hospital.

The latter resulted in a lawsuit with Sutter Health over control of the facility and ended with a $20 million legal judgment that is currently threatening the district’s future. Several Alameda County officials and the mayors of San Leandro and Hayward have advocated for the district’s dissolution in order to transfer its assets for operations at San Leandro Hospital.

Mahadevan is also retiring at time when pressure is being applied by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan by consistent questioning of his $140,000 a year in salary and benefits package as being exorbitant.

Earlier this year, Mahadevan lashed out at Bonta in an East Bay Citizen article for the assertion, saying, the push by elected officials to dissolve the district is solely a money grab for their assets.

A determination by the Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) over the district’s future is expected this spring, but is becoming increasingly doubtful after an independent report concluded no reason for closing down the district created by voters in 1948.

“My hope is that EHD will continue to provide millions of dollars of community health education, and support out-patient health care for the people in our District for many years to come,” said Mahadevan, in a statement.

The Eden Health District is overseen by a five-member elected board and operated without taxpayer money since the mid-1970s. Without a hospital to oversee, the district is mainly a grant-giving agency funding health care-related ventures in San Leandro, Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County.

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