It would be easy to get into a back and forth with people acting loathsomely, but fruitless.
The top things about the Hospital to keep in mind:
1. The Hospital is on tenuous legal ground. There was a January 1, 2002 deadline for certain seismic improvements that was never met. There has been no extension or waiver of that deadline. OSHPD has declined to enforce.
2. Care is subpar. What numbers are publicly available demonstrate this. I urge you to check them out. The difference between Alameda Hospital’s stroke mortality and the currently stroke certified hospitals represents real lives. In general, volume = better quality in healthcare and Alameda is too small to generate enough volumes to provide anything other than subpar care.
3. The Hospital operates at a loss. Whether the level of that loss is above or below the parcel tax subsidy varies, but it loses money every month.
4. The Hospital cannot get financing for the state mandated improvements because of its financial position. In addition, the ability of the Hospital to finance any new service (such as wound care) or care initiative (such as PACS) is hampered by the terrible financial position.
So look past my personal issue with some people, who by their actions seem to me to be detestable, and examine whether the Hospital is accomplishing its mission since Alamedans are the owners of the Hospital and each parcel pays $298 per year to keep the doors open.