ALAMEDA -- The board of the city's Alameda Health Care District has appointed Kathryn Saenz Duke to replace Jordan Battani, who resigned in May after the district affiliated with the Alameda Health System.

Duke will serve until November, when the seat will again become vacant and appear on the general election ballot. The successful candidate during the election will serve out the remaining two years of Battani's term.

Duke has been a principal at Salud-Health for All since January 1991 and is a former board member of the Alameda Point Collaborative, which provides housing and other services to people who were once homeless at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Her background also includes work as a director of scientific affairs for the California Medical Association and as a staff consultant on health and law for the state senate.

Duke has a master's degree in public health and a law degree from UC Berkeley. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies of UC San Francisco.

The health care district board unanimously selected Duke on Wednesday. Susan Hauser, C. Richard Bartalini and Carmelo Roco also applied for the seat, one of five on the board.

A health care consultant, Battani was on the board six years and was its president when she was re-elected in November 2012. Her May 23 resignation followed the board's decision to affiliate the hospital with the Alameda Health System, which took effect May 1.


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Battani, who helped negotiate the affiliation, said it was "a good time for a leadership transition" when she announced that she was stepping down.

Along with Alameda Hospital, the Alameda Health System includes San Leandro, Fairmont and Highland hospitals, and the John George Psychiatric Hospital.

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