HAYWARD -- Alameda County may spend $8 million to help St. Rose Hospital stay open.

The county has been working with St. Rose officials for the past year to figure out a way to sustain the independent hospital, which is part of the critical-care safety net, said Supervisor Richard Valle. The hospital serves 12 percent of the county's poor, and has Hayward's only emergency room, but its revenue doesn't cover its expenses.

"This is an effort to close the gap," Valle said Monday.

Supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday.

St. Rose would use the money to go after matching grants, which could bring in a combined $15 million, the staff report said.

Valle's office also will work with St. Rose to come up with a long-term plan to stay open.

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff



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