ALAMEDA -- People can learn more about the affiliation between Alameda Hospital and Alameda Health System, which took effect May 1, during an upcoming forum and panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. May 22 in the Dal Cielo Conference Room at the hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave.
Alameda Health System, which took ownership of San Leandro Hospital on Oct. 31, also includes Fairmont Hospital and Oakland's Highland Hospital and the John George Psychiatric Hospital.
The agreement between the network and Alameda Hospital -- which both sides approved in November 2013 -- calls for the network to provide funding for facility improvement, new technology and state-mandated seismic upgrades.
The affiliation is expected to boost Alameda Hospital's revenue because the health network needs more beds for patients and space for surgeries, which the hospital can provide.
"Alameda Health System is proud to play an important role in preserving local care and expanding access at Alameda Hospital," said Wright Lassiter, the network CEO. "Sustaining the hospital is good for economic health as well; protecting jobs and creating new opportunities in response to community needs."
Under the agreement, the Alameda Health Care District will retain ownership of the property and leases connected with the hospital, while the network will assume responsibility for day-to-day management.
The $298 parcel tax currently collected annually from Alameda property owners since 2002 to support the hospital will remain earmarked for the facility, a requirement by law.
The hospital's financial troubles, including the loss of $10 million in net revenue after its contract with Kaiser Permanente to perform surgeries expired in April 2010, prompted the need for the facility to join a broader network, according to hospital officials.
"With the support of (the health system), Alameda Hospital solidifies its position as the hospital of choice for Alameda residents," said Deborah Stebbins, the hospital's interim chief administrative officer. "We will strengthen current services including the emergency department, and enhance our campus for the future."
The affiliation calls for Alameda Hospital employees to remain district employees for an initial transition period of at least one to two years, with no change to seniority, work location, benefit or pension plans, according to district officials. "Floating" of staff between facilities is not anticipated, and the medical staff at the hospital will be kept separate from those at the network.
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