Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fiduciary Irresponsibility

Forgive what promises to be lousy formatting, but I wanted to post balance sheets below.  I plan to refer back to them over the next few weeks as I explore a couple points (see the last paragraph).  The first column … Continue reading

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The World Does Not End

When a hospital closes, the patients are moved in an orderly transition to other facilities. Walter Reed Closing After More Than 100 Years

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Random Questions

1.  Are my fellow Board members so wealthy (all are considerably above Alameda’s median family income and net worth) that a wasted $298/year means nothing? 2.  Is there a bridge between “closing the hospital” and “keeping it open” that can … Continue reading

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Bedside Manner

Lauren Do writes about the Hospital Board this AM.  I wanted to make sure that I had something up for any visitors so here is a post I wrote after June’s meeting where the District budget was approved. Should the … Continue reading

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Quick Notes for Board Meeting 7/11

1.  Closed session agenda meets the criteria set out in the Brown Act.  Hope that continues in the future, but unlikely. 2.  Consent agenda.  I pulled nothing. Yes, May was dismal with another 816k of losses, but the Board majority … Continue reading

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Perhaps it is a Distinction WIthout a Difference

A letter suggesting I have insulted the medical staff of Alameda Hospital has been circulated. I have always tried to carefully couch my issues with Alameda Hospital in terms of outcomes.  I have pointed to numerous studies published in this … Continue reading

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The Joint Commission’s Quality Report

TJC does issue quality reports.  The one for Alameda Hospital can be found here.  Before anyone tries to tell me that the Hospital does a better than average job on 30 day mortality for heart attacks, realize that Alameda Hospital … Continue reading

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