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Alameda Health System Board of Trustees and City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors Approve Affiliation

Alameda, Calif.(November 27, 2013) – Alameda Health System (AHS) and Alameda Hospital announced that their agreement to affiliate was approved by both the AHS Board of Trustees and the City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors. The approval comes five months after the signing of the Letter of Intent, and following a due diligence process carried out by both AHS and Alameda Hospital, including numerous public forums held to present the proposed affiliation to the Alameda community, answer questions, and gather feedback.

Alameda Hospital joins a growing network of AHS providers, which currently include Fairmont Hospital, Highland Hospital, John George Psychiatric Hospital, San Leandro Hospital, and four community wellness centers, including two locations in Oakland and one each in Hayward and Newark.

While both institutions work on the transition, which is expected to take several months, preparations are underway for Alameda Hospital to begin providing outpatient surgical services to AHS patients starting as early as December 2013, followed by service to medical inpatients starting in January 2014.

“This marks another significant milestone in Alameda Health System’s vision for expanded access to quality, affordable care throughout the East Bay,” said Wright Lassiter, III, Chief Executive Officer of AHS. “Alameda Hospital will continue to support the health care needs of the community through its provision of quality care by world-class providers who are close to home.”

“This affiliation will ensure that Alameda Hospital will remain an acute care hospital with an emergency room now and into the future,” said Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah E. Stebbins. “We have worked diligently to create an affiliation that meets the needs of our patients and our community. We’re looking forward to making a transition that results in improved access and quality of care for residents in Alameda and our neighboring communities.”

AHS will provide funding for facility improvement, new technology, and state-mandated seismic upgrades that will ensure the continuation of an acute care hospital serving the City of Alameda.  The Alameda Health Care District Board, which owns Alameda Hospital, will retain ownership of real property and lease holds, and will delegate operational and governance responsibility to AHS. Parcel tax revenues will be used for the operation of and long term capital investments in Alameda Hospital.

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About Alameda Health System (AHS)

Alameda Health System, a major public health care provider headquartered in Oakland, California, is recognized as a world-class patient and family centered system of care with more than 3,800 employees and 800 physicians. Their facilities include Highland Hospital, a major regional trauma center and teaching hospital; San Leandro Hospital, which provides emergency and in-patient hospital care services; John George Psychiatric Hospital, an acute and emergency care facility in San Leandro; Fairmont Hospital, an acute rehabilitation hospital and skilled nursing facility, also in San Leandro; and four ambulatory wellness centers in Oakland as well as in Newark and Hayward

About Alameda Hospital

Alameda Hospital is a general acute-care medical facility, governed by the City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors. The hospital provides a full range of emergency care, inpatient and ancillary/outpatient services, long term care, and wellness services. The 281-bed facility has nearly 200 board-certified physicians on staff.  The Board of Directors, physicians, employees and volunteers are committed to providing the community with quality, compassionate and personalized health care.   

 

Alameda Hospital Announces New General Surgeon

ALAMEDA, CA (August 2, 2013) - Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce that General Surgeon John Lee, MD has joined its Medical Staff. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and received his medical degree from the University of Vermont. Following medical school he completed his general surgery residency through the University of California San Francisco – East Bay General Surgery Residency Program. During his last year of residency, he served as Chief Resident. He also received Best Resident Teacher Award in 2011-2012. Dr. Lee spent time in our Surgery Department on a rotation through Kaiser’s General Surgery Program. He is well known to the Alameda Hospital employee staff and his peers on the Medical Staff.

Dr. Lee’s presence expands the capacity and provides needed coverage for Alameda general surgeon, Roberto Celada, MD, provides general surgery on-call services to the Emergency Care Center and provides additional physician coverage at the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care. Dr. Lee’s office is located at 501 South Shore Center West, Suite F, Alameda. Appointments can be scheduled by calling his office at (510)814-4630.

Dr. Lee lives in Alameda, is raising his family, and has fulfilled his desire to work on the Island. The Hospital and medical community are pleased to have him join them in their efforts to provide quality care within our City.

Alameda Health System and Alameda Hospital Sign Letter of Intent

 

ALAMEDA, CA (June 19, 2013) -The Boards of Directors for Alameda Health System (AHS) and the City of Alameda Health Care District (Alameda Hospital) have jointly announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore an affiliation between the two organizations. The affiliation would produce new benefits for the city of Alameda as well as for all residents of the broader area.

Under the proposed relationship, Alameda Hospital would join the growing network of  AHS providers which currently include Fairmont Hospital, Highland Hospital, John George Psychiatric Hospital, San Leandro Hospital (proposed October 2013), and community-based wellness centers in Eastmont, Hayward, Highland, and Newark.

Alameda Hospital would retain its identity and maintain its Emergency Care Center. AHS would provide funding for facility improvement, new technology and state-mandated seismic upgrades that wouldensure continuation of an acute care hospital servingthe City of Alameda.The LOI calls for the Health Care District’s Board to retain ownership of all assets and leases, including all parcel tax revenues, which would continue to be used exclusively for the operations and long term capital investments of Alameda Hospital.

The vision for this affiliation is to create a seamless patient experience, enhancing the quality and access of care delivered by a full system with a broader range of health care options for each individual patient. Alameda Hospital would benefit from more secure long-term financial sustainability generated by maximizing use of current surgical and acute bed capacity. Both parties plan to evaluate new services that might be offered at the 2070 Clinton Avenue campus.

At the June District Board meeting where the Letter of Intent was introduced, Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah E. Stebbins said, “This affiliation will ensure Alamedans that this hospital will be here whenever we’re needed.  Our patients will be able to continue to see the quality doctors and nurses they’ve always enjoyed, and our employees will be able to continue working here.  We are not planning for any service reductions or layoffs.  In fact, if anything there will be more employment opportunities with the added volume of patients we are expecting.”

AHS CEO, Wright Lassiter commented, “We welcome Alameda Hospital into our growing network of providers who are focused on excellence in health care. We share a common goal to expand access, improve quality, and reduce the cost of health care for everyone in our community.This is A New Day for health care and a partnership with Alameda Hospital will further our goal to create a world-class patient and family-centered system of care for everyone.”The two organizations will have approximately 90 days to conduct due diligence, solicit input from the public and key constituents, and develop the details of the affiliation.  This will result in a definitive agreement that if approved by each respective Board will outline the relationship, obligations, and expectations between AHS and Alameda Hospital.

A number of public forums are scheduled to present information about the potential affiliation and to gather community input, feedback and suggestions.

 

 

DATE

 

 

TIME

 

VENUE

 

ADDRESS

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

6:30 pm

Alameda Hospital

 

Dal Cielo Conference Room

2070 Clinton Avenue

Alameda, CA

Tue, Jul 23, 2013

9:30 am

Mastick Senior Center

Dining Room 2

 

1155 Santa Clara Avenue

Alameda, CA

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

6:30 pm

Harbor Bay Isle Community Center

 

3195 Mecartney Road Alameda, CA

 

Additional public forums may be scheduled as needed through September 2013.

The Letter of Intent and related documents on the proposed affiliation can be found on the websites of both Alameda Hospital and Alameda Health System.

For further information or inquiries, please contact:

 

www.alamedahospital.org

Louise Nakada

Director, Community Relations

Alameda Hospital

LNakada@alamedahospital.org

510.814.4362

 

www.alamedahealthsystem.org

 

Jerri Randrup

Director, Corporate Communications &

Marketing

Alameda Health System

jrandrup@alamedahealthsystem.org

510.437.4732

 

Alameda Hospital Salutes Nurses During National Nurses Week

Alameda, May 6, 2013 - Alameda Hospital is joining the American Nurses Association in celebrating Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care, as part of National Nurses Week.

National Nurses Week is held from May 6-12 every year to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Many consider Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. The history of Nurses Week began in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent the proposal to President Eisenhower. In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a “National Nurse Week”.

The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people.

In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of our nation, Alameda Hospital is proud to recognize registered nurses everywhere for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.

In celebration of National Nurses Week and in honor of their nurses, Alameda Hospital sponsors several events including lunchtime speakers, roving mini-massages, and an ice cream social. In addition, nursing staff members vote for one of their colleagues to receive the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Recipients of the annual Award are recognized with a plaque in the hospital’s main lobby.

In honor of Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care, all registered nurses in America are encouraged to proudly identify themselves as registered nurses, and/or wear their nurse’s uniform or cap.

 

Alameda Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

Award demonstrates Alameda Hospital’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Alameda, March 26, 2013Alameda Hospital announces that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award is an advanced level of recognition that allows hospitals to be acknowledged for their compliance with quality measures within the Get with The  Guidelines/Stroke program.  This award recognizes Alameda Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“With stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Dr. Claudine Dutaret, M.D., Medical Director of Alameda Hospital’s Stroke Center.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, Alameda Hospital achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Alameda Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.  

“The time is right for Alameda Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines-Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Deborah Stebbins, Alameda Hospital CEO.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

 

Alameda Hospital Partners with Alameda Fire Department to Utilize Basic Life Support Tranport Services

ALAMEDA, Calif., July 23, 2012 — Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the City of Alameda to utilize the new non-emergency ambulance service provided by the Alameda Fire Department.  Previously agreements were held with competing private ambulance companies located outside the City.

This partnership provides the community with local, reliable service by professional Emergency Medical Technicians.  The Alameda Fire Department’s exceptional response times and commitment to the community will benefit patients needing transport to other health care facilities and providers.

To ensure patient safety and quality care, the Alameda Fire Department will actively participate in Hospital quality and utilization reviews.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our City and the new BLS transport program”, says Deborah Stebbins, Alameda Hospital CEO.  “Partnering with local service providers is important to the health of the City and its residents, and this agreement will help improve access and care to our community."

 

Alameda Hospital Announces the Opening of the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care

 

ALAMEDA, Calif., July 19, 2012 — Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, located in the Marina Village Business Park at 815 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100.   Following a comprehensive survey by the California Department of Public Health on July 16, 2012, the Center received full approval with zero deficiencies, a result of the remarkable efforts throughout the Hospital organization, especially the Creedon Wound Center staff.

The Creedon Wound Center is a specialized outpatient program that focuses on chronic and non-healing wounds.  The Center utilizes state-of-the-art treatments, such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and sophisticated case management to help patient with chronic wounds heal as quickly as possible improving the quality of their lives.

Under the Medical Directorship of Dr. Donato Stinghen, a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, technologists, and other health care professionals are committed to delivering exceptional care, all within a compassionate, healing environment.

The Center treats many different types of chronic and non-healing wounds, including diabetic wounds, surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, complex soft tissue wounds, and more.

Strategic partnerships, expansion and growth are key to Alameda Hospital’s future success.  Recent accomplishments include the opening of the Creedon Wound Center, Alameda Hospital at Waters Edge, the Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and a comprehensive orthopedic and rehabilitation program slated to open in the Fall.  These new programs will enhance access and care for Alameda residents and near-by communities.   

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Kate Creedon Center for Advance Wound Care, please contact Program Director, Beth Brizee, RN, RCFA, at 510.814.4650.

 

Alameda Hospital Receives Certification to Operate Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility

ALAMEDA, Calif., July 6, 2012 — Following months of ongoing discussion with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Alameda Hospital has received approval and certification to operate the 120-bed Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility under the Hospital’s license.  Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility, located at 2401 Blanding Avenue, is a 5-star facility (top ten percent in the country) in the Federal Government’s nursing home rating system. Alameda Hospital at Waters Edge will enhance the continuum of long term care services for seniors who are increasingly becoming more clinically complex. Financially, this service expansion will provide Alameda Hospital an increase in revenue that will result in improved financial performance for the City of Alameda Health Care District.

With recent health care reform, the demand for high quality, post-acute care services in our community and neighboring areas will increase. Many providers in the East Bay are exiting long term care, allowing an opportunity for Alameda Hospital to contract with other area providers to meet this need.

“We could not have received all the necessary approvals at the State and Federal levels without the support of key elected officials, County Supervisor Wilma Chan and Congressman Pete Stark, and County leadership including Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency,” states Deborah Stebbins, Alameda Hospital CEO.  “They have been great advocates for the residents of Alameda.”

 

Since the District Board’s approval in October 2011, Alameda Hospital has been working closely with the long time owners of Waters Edge, the Zimmerman family, to assure the long tradition of high quality care provided to the residents. In anticipation of the change in management, meetings with staff, residents and their families have occurred and Hospital management has been actively involved with the Waters Edge community.

Alameda Hospital’s commitment to enhancing access and care for the community, especially the aging population, is a focus of its long term plan.  Strategic partnerships, expansion and growth are key to future success.  Alameda Hospital at Waters Edge, the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, the Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and a comprehensive orthopedic and rehabilitation program are all new programs that will serve Alameda residents and near-by communities.   

Alameda Hospital is excited about this opportunity to expand its services in long-term care and to continue to provide quality health care to Alameda’s growing senior population. 

 

Kate Creedon Center For Advanced Wound Care Announces Medical Director and Physician Panel

May 30, 2012 - Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Donato J. Stinghen has been appointed as Medical Director for the new Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, scheduled to open at 815 Atlantic Avenue in Marina Village, Alameda the week of June 25th.  Dr. Stinghen, who is Board Certified in General Surgery, brings a wealth of experience in wound care management.  For thirty-two years, he has practiced general surgery at Alameda Hospital, most recently as a member of the General  Vascular Surgery Medical Group.  He has previously served the hospital as President of the Medical Staff, as well as Chairman of the Surgery Committee, and is well known as a consummate professional who is focused on the highest possible quality of patient care.

“Don’s surgical and medical expertise, combined with his extraordinary leadership skills and passion for delivering the best possible outcomes make him an ideal fit for this critically important position,” said Alameda Hospital’s CEO, Deborah Stebbins.

Dr. Stinghen received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin and graduated with honors from the University of California –Davis. He completed his internship and residency programs at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California.  As Medical Director at the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, his primary responsibilities are to lead the panel physicians, participate in marketing activities and provide governance over the utilization of clinical practice guidelines.

In addition to Dr. Stinghen, the Center’s physician panel includes:

  • Dr. Lorraine Bonner
  • Dr. Jenna Brimmer
  • Dr. Stephen Danne
  • Dr. Robert Gingery
  • Dr. Jag Khraira
  • Dr. Christina Kwok-Oleksy
  • Dr. Anthony Poggio

The Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care is an outpatient program of Alameda Hospital that focuses on chronic and non-healing wounds.  Using advanced treatment modalities including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a case management model in a multi-disciplinary environment, the Creedon Wound Center helps patients improve the quality of their lives.

Alameda Hospital’s Commitment to the Community

By Deborah E. Stebbins, CEO

 

April 2012 - In a commentary published in the Alameda Sun on Thursday, April 6 and in the Alameda Journal on Friday, April 20, April Frank Matarrese expressed his concerns regarding Alameda Hospital’s financial situation.

I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the Alameda community that Alameda Hospital’s management, Board of Directors, physicians, staff and volunteers are not only committed to provide high quality health care to the community but take its fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayers of Alameda very seriously.

While there are indeed many challenges for a small urban health care facility such as Alameda Hospital, we are not alone. Hospitals across the nation, and even other independent hospitals in our neighboring communities, have recently experienced significant financial losses. The Board of Directors and Hospital management has developed a long-term strategic plan for the future success of Alameda Hospital. Our plan focuses on the following priorities:

  1. Financial Stabilization. In 2009 and 2010, Alameda Hospital achieved positive bottom lines.  In 2011, Kaiser chose to bring much of its outsourced services to its own facilities and did not renew its outpatient surgery contract which resulted in a $10 million loss. The Hospital expense reduction of $8 million greatly mitigated this loss, but we are still working to close the remaining gap.
  2. Need for diversification into Specialty Services.  In order to support an acute care hospital with a full service Emergency Care Center, certain niche and specialty services that attract patients from within and outside of Alameda is critical. Recent examples include the acquisition of South Shore Convalescent Hospital, maintain and possible expansion of subacute care, management of Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility, the Advanced Wound Center scheduled to open this summer, and the Board’s most recent approval to move forward with a comprehensive orthopedic program.
  3. Develop a Continuum of Services to the Elderly. The expansion of long term care: skilled nursing and subacute, our recent certification as a primary stroke center and the Advanced Wound Center all reflect parts of this continuum of care.  Our decision to expand services for the elderly is not only financially prudent, but provides superior care and specialized service to this growing demographic in Alameda.
  4. Establish Organizational Partnerships. From contracts with other providers, like the Kaiser outpatient surgery contract, to partnerships with a hospital or a network of hospitals and physicians, organizational partnerships can come in many forms. Management and the  Board will continue to assess and discuss opportunities to establish Alameda Hospital as a successful, high quality, community focused health care provider.

Alameda Hospital will continue to address the challenges facing all health care institutions, enhance hospital services and improve quality of care.  Contrary to Mr. Matarrese’s claim that we refused to meet with the City Council, we have had ongoing discussions with the City leadership to bring better understanding to the citizens of Alameda. Our District Board meetings are public and we invite you to attend. Board agendas and complete Board packets can be found on our website at www.alamedahospital.org.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (510) 814-4000, or e-mail: dstebbins@alamedahospital.org.

We appreciate the community’s ongoing support of Alameda Hospital. We will be here to care for you and your family now, and for many years to come.

Deborah Stebbins is the Chief Executive Officer of Alameda Hospital.

 

Alameda Hospital Receives Gold Performance Achievement Award for Cardiac Care

 

Alameda, December 1, 2011 — Alameda Hospital is one of only 167 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiac Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011.  The award recognizes Alameda Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Alameda Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients. 

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Alameda Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols.  The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving lives and improving outcomes for heart attack patients,” Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC, FAHA, ACTION Registry – GWTG Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy  Center and James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Co-Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at  Duke University Hospital.

“The time is right for Alameda Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry-GWTG.  The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Dr. Stephen Raskin, Director of Critical Care at Alameda Hospital. 

This is the second year that Alameda Hospital has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award for coronary artery disease/heat attack care.  It has also been recognized for outstanding care of heart failure.       

  “Alameda Hospital is dedicated to assuring that the cardiac care we provide is among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah Stebbins. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

 

Alameda Hospital Announces the Expansion of Long Term Care

ALAMEDA, Calif., October 11, 2011Following the District Board Meeting held on October 10, 2011, the City of Alameda Health Care District announces the approval of a resolution that would allow Alameda Hospital to pursue the expansion of its current capacity to provide long term care to the community by subletting and operating the 120-bed Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility under the hospital’s license.  Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility is a 5-star facility (top ten percent in the country) in the federal government’s nursing home rating system, located at 2401 Blanding Avenue. 

As health care reform changes the health care landscape in our community and neighboring areas, the demand for high quality, post-acute care services will increase.  Many providers in the East Bay are exiting long term care, allowing an opportunity for Alameda Hospital to contract with other area providers to meet this need.  Since 1971, the Zimmerman family has successfully owned and operated Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility, a component of Alameda Elder Communities, providing high quality care to its residents.  Alameda Elder Communities has recently embarked on the development of a senior network and co-housing project, and with Alameda Hospital, is excited about this opportunity to enhance the continuum of care for Alameda’s growing senior population.  The Zimmerman Family will continue to own and operate Alameda Elder Communities’ two assisted living facilities, Waters Edge Lodge and Elders Inn, as well as Alameda Elder Services, a Medicare approved rehabilitation agency.

Alameda Hospital and the Zimmerman Family are committed to maintaining the long tradition of high quality care provided to the residents of Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility and have a unified vision for enhancing the continuum of care for seniors in Alameda.   This joint effort will provide an opportunity for Alameda Hospital to establish an ongoing relationship with Alameda Elder Communities as other senior services and projects develop.   Financially, this service expansion will provide Alameda Hospital an increase in revenue that will result in a positive bottom line for the District.

Special meetings will be held for Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility employees, residents and their families with Alameda Hospital management to discuss the transition and to answer any questions they may have.   Current employees of Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility have provided quality care for many years and will have the opportunity to continue to do so.  Alameda Hospital looks forward to working with the staff and health care providers who have cared for Waters Edge patients over the years.

A date will be announced in the near future regarding a public informational session regarding the transaction.

Alameda Hospital and the Zimmerman family are excited about this opportunity and are committed to continuing the tradition of high quality and compassionate care for seniors in Alameda.

** Added 10.19.11:  Click HERE for November 2, 2011 Public Workshop Announcement

 

Alameda Hospital Receives Primary Stroke Center Certification

 ALAMEDA, Calif., October 3, 2011 – Alameda Hospital has received certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national organization that investigates and certifies hospitals across the country in numerous areas of care.  Following a rigorous on-site review on September 30, 2011, Alameda Hospital has been recognized for its efforts to provide exceptional stroke care.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from the Joint Commission,” says Deborah Stebbins, CEO.  “What this means for the Alameda community is that they will receive the best care possible at Alameda Hospital in the event they experience stroke symptoms. We are pleased to be recognized for our commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients and our community.”

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Claudine Dutaret, M.D., neurologist and Medical Director of the Stroke Center.  “This certification distinguishes Alameda Hospital as a leader in providing superior care that meets or exceeds best practices for improving the quality of life for our patients. We are extremely proud of this achievement as it demonstrates that our stroke program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the health of our stroke patients.”

 “The Stroke Team at Alameda Hospital developed and reviewed systems, protocols, policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure that our stroke program provided the most efficient, standardized and evidence-based assessments and treatments,” states Stroke Center Coordinator, Michaele Baxter, R.N.. It is a “meticulous, step-by-step review and analysis of our comprehensive stroke program,” Baxter said. A multi-disciplinary Stroke Team of about 20 members including physicians, nurses, and department managers spent countless hours evaluating and optimizing the stroke treatment program at Alameda Hospital.

The Stroke Program at Alameda Hospital has elevated the care of acute stroke patients to “another level,” said Eric Otani, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Care Center.  “We have a long history of providing excellent stroke care,” he said. “This formalized program provides a mechanism to measure and further improve our system. It has allowed us to standardize the evaluation and treatment in the inpatient and outpatient settings.”

For stroke certification designation, Alameda Hospital was required to meet stringent Joint Commission criteria based on recommendations by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. It is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S. A stroke is also known as a “brain attack” and can damage the brain as a heart attack can damage the heart. Strokes can often times affect speech, movement and memory because the cells die in the part of the brain that controls these abilities.

 

Alameda Hospital Issues Statement Regarding CDPH Administrative Penalties

September 7. 2011

On February 11, 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) conducted an unannounced, random survey at Alameda Hospital. This survey was not triggered by an incident of patient safety, but was a new process of tri-annual surveys conducted at all California Hospitals to review the safe administration of medications. Alameda Hospital was the fifth hospital in the State to be surveyed under this new review program. At the conclusion of the survey, the Hospital was notified that there was a lack of adequate policies and procedures to ensure the safe and effective administration of Fentanyl Transdermal Patches, to its patients.

On February 11, 2010, Alameda Hospital began immediate corrective steps to ensure the safe and effective administration of this medication. On February 19, 2010, hospital-wide policies regarding Fentanyl Transdermal Patch use were approved and implemented. Mandatory training of clinical and medical staffs began soon after and was completed by March 9, 2010. In addition, an internal Medication Error Reduction Plan Committee with physician, nursing and pharmacist participation was restructured and there was a change in leadership in the Hospital’s pharmacy department. The CDPH survey was completed on March 24, 2010.

Alameda Hospital received a report of findings from the CDPH on September 24, 2010 and submitted its plan of correction to CDPH on October 8, 2010. The plan was reviewed and approved by the CDPH on November 2, 2010.

Providing a safe, healing environment for our patients is critical. The Medication Error Reduction Committee continues to meet monthly to ensure compliance safe medication administration. Alameda Hospital, the Medical Staff, and the City of Alameda Health Care District Board remains committed to providing our patients with quality, safe, and effective health care.

Alameda Hospital is Approved to Receive Stroke Patients

ALAMEDA, Calif., August 29, 2011 - Effective Monday, August 29 at 12:01 a.m., Alameda Hospital was added to the list of approved destinations for stroke patients in the Alameda County EMS Stroke System.   This anouncement was provided to EMS Transport Providers and First Responder Agencies in Alameda County by Joseph Barger, MD, Interim Medical Director, Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

With this addition, the official Alameda County destinations for acute stroke patients include:

  • Alameda Hospital, Alameda
  • Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley
  • Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley
  • Kaiser Hospital, Fremont
  • Kaiser Hospital, Oakland
  • Summit Medical Center, Oakland
  • Washington Hospital, Fremont

Alameda Hospital has made great strides in preparation for stroke center certification by the Joint Commission and expects to be certified in late September.  Alameda Hospital has continued to effectively care for stroke patients while working towards this important certification. 

 

Alameda Hospital Offers Free Stroke Risk Assessments to the Community

ALAMEDA, Calif., January 12, 2011 - Are you or someone you love at risk for a Stroke? Find out at the upcoming Community Stroke Risk Assessment on January 28, 2011 at Alameda Hospital. Stroke is a common disorder and is also known as a brain attack. It happens when part of the brain is injured due to a problem with the blood vessels connected to the brain. This can either be due to a blockage where part of the brain suffocates and dies (ischemic stroke) or when a blood vessel breaks causing bleeding in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). Stroke can cripple and kill. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and the third leading cause of death.  Stroke is more common as we get older but it can strike at any age.

Alameda Hospital will offer a free stroke risk screening to members of the community. Screenings will be scheduled monthly with the first one to be held on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Participants in this screening will receive a free assessment, free health information and educational resources as well a personal review of your risk factors and education about the signs and symptoms of stroke.  All participants must be pre-registered for their screening. The February screening is scheduled for February 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  To register for your free Stroke Risk Screening call (510) 814-4362.

“These screenings are vital to the community. They provide important education about strokes and how to reduce your risk.” says Mary Bond, RN, Executive Director of Nursing at Alameda Hospital. “Many people do not realize that they are at risk for a stroke or the importance of identifying the signs and symptoms. We will provide an assessment as well as education.” The screenings will include blood pressure, body mass index, finger stick blood test for total cholesterol, and blood glucose in addition to a quick look EKG for heart rhythm.    Educational resources on healthy eating, decreasing your risk and identifying stroke symptoms will also be available. To find out if you or a loved one is at risk for a stroke, sign up for the free screening today by calling (510) 814-4362.

Knowing and understanding the signs of a stroke are as important as understanding your risk for a stroke.

Common symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness, especially one side of the body
  • Sudden difficulty speaking, understanding speech or slurring of speech
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking or difficulty with coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache of unknown cause

An easy way to remember some of the more common symptoms of stroke is to think FAST:

F – Face weakness and/or numbness (ask the person to smile)

A – Arm weakness and/or numbness (ask the person to raise his arms)

S – Speech difficulty or slurred speech (ask the person to repeat a simple sentence)

T – Time – when did symptoms start and Time to Call 911

Visit Alameda Hospital’s website, www.alamedahospital.org, for the monthly stroke risk assessment schedule and information about other upcoming community events.

 

Alameda Hospital and Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Announce Plans for Alameda Hospital to Pursue Stroke Center Accreditation

Joint release from Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Public Health and Alameda Hospital

November 29, 2010

Contacts:

Deborah Stebbins, CEO, Alameda Hospital, 510/814-4000

Dale Fanning, EMS Director, 510/618-2030

Joe Barger, M.D., Interim EMS Medical Director, 510/618-2050

Effective December 1, stroke patients who are transported by 911 ambulances within four (4) hours of the onset of symptoms will be taken directly to hospitals designated as stroke centers by Alameda County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  

 

The certified stroke centers in Alameda County currently include 6 of the 11 hospitals in the County: Kaiser Oakland/Fremont, Summit Medical Center (Oakland), Alta Bates (Berkeley), Eden (Castro Valley), and Washington Hospital (Fremont).

 

“Alameda County considers this a temporary measure,” remarked EMS Director Dale Fanning.  “We look forward to adding Alameda Hospital to the list of designated stroke centers once the facility has achieved stroke center certification from The Joint Commission (TJC). 

 

While the hospital seeks stroke center certification they will continue to treat stroke patients that are not transported via the EMS system as well as stroke patients that are not identified by EMS policies as patients that will benefit from stroke center care. 

 

Alameda Hospital’s relationship with Eden Medical Center’s stroke center and neurointerventionalist, Dr. Bonovich, allows it to effectively care for stroke patients presenting themselves to the emergency department.  Alameda Hospital will continue to use the same protocols that have been developed at Eden Medical Center, which achieved stroke certification in August 2010.

“Alameda Hospital is committed to providing our community with exceptional care”, says

Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah Stebbins.  “Our focus will not only be on the stroke center certification, we will be launching an extensive public awareness campaign on the warning signs and prevention of stroke.  Early detection is key, especially when dealing with an acute brain attack”.

 

“The hospital has made great strides in its care of stroke patients,” Fanning added, “and expects to be granted the certification within the next six months.  Alameda County EMS plans to work closely with Alameda Hospital in support of this goal.”

Community Health Fair Slated for October 23, 2010  

Alameda’s premier health event of the year is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Over 1500 people of all ages attend the event and participate in a variety of health screenings, activities and exhibits designed to help improve your health and well-being. 

Learn from experts on topics such as disaster preparedness, nutrition, diabetes and heart disease.  Free flu shots will be provided (while supplies last) Health screenings include:

  • Vascular screening (Appointment is required. Call 814-4362)
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Podiatry
  • Osteoporosis  
  • Cholesterol  
  • Body Mass Index
  • EKG
  • And Much More!

Children may receive a free bike helmet (under 12 years of age, while supplies last), and receive a KidSafe Photo ID.

Many Alameda service organizations provide important information about services and programs in the community.

For more information, please call (510) 814-4362.

CLICK HERE to download flyer.

 

November 2, 2010 General Election Information

The City of Alameda Health Care District announced at the July 12, 2010 District Board Meeting the elective offices of the District to be filled at the next General District Election on November 2, 2010.  The names of the incumbents up for election are Robert Bonta, Robert Deutsch, MD and Leah Williams.  Each office will be elected to a four (4) year term ending December, 2014.

All Nomination documents will be issued and filed only through the Registrar of Voters (ROV) Office at 1225 Fallon St. G-1, Oakland, CA 94612.  For more information regarding nomination packets please contact the ROV at (510) 272-6933.

 

The nomination period is from July 12 to August 6, 2010.  Click here for important dates regarding the General Election or visit http://www.acgov.org/rov.

Alameda Hospital Reaches Labor Agreement with California Nurses Association

 

ALAMEDA, CA, June 24, 2010 – Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the California Nurses Association (CNA) on a three year contract with our registered nurses. The City of Alameda Health Care District Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 23, 2010 at a Special Board Meeting following the June 22 vote for ratification by Alameda Hospital nurses.


The term of the MOU ends June 30, 2012. Major issues of the agreement include no wage increases for the entire term and a creation of a joint labor-management Recruitment and Retention Committee in the event wages become an issue for recruitment or retention. Clarification of shift differential, adjustments in scheduling, and improvement in preventative health benefits were also agreed upon.


“This agreement reflects the commitment of our nurses to our patients, our community, and Alameda Hospital”, states Deborah Stebbins, CEO. “I want to thank our nurses for their understanding of the complicated issues we face and their willingness to work together to build a successful future for Alameda Hospital. The past year has been challenging, but the dedication and hard work of our Board, medical staff, employees and volunteers are essential to Alameda Hospital’s continued success”.


CNA represents approximately 160 Registered Nurses at Alameda Hospital.

“The fact that our organizations have been able to work together so effectively to reach this balanced agreement clearly represents our common commitment to the health and safety of our community and our organizations”, says Alameda Health Care District Board President, Jordan Battani. President Battani credits Alameda Hospital management, representatives from CNA and the Hospital’s nursing staff for carefully working through the difficult and complex issues that had to be resolved to reach the agreement.


In addition to recent successful labor negotiations, Alameda Hospital continues to focus on new program development, physician recruitment and pursuing opportunities for collaboration with organizations and businesses. Planning for seismic upgrades and implementing system-wide electronic health records are underway. Advancements in the Hospital’s diagnostic imaging capabilities will begin this summer.


For the latest information about Alameda Hospital, please visit its web site: www.alamedahospital.org.

Joint Blood Drives Have Spanned Three Decades, Helped to Save Many Lives

 

ALAMEDA, CA, June 17, 2010 – The next blood drive at Alameda Hospital (2070 Clinton Avenue) will be held on June 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org (enter the sponsor code: Alameda) to schedule an appointment.

Alameda Hospital has been sponsoring blood drives with the Red Cross for nearly twenty years.  “Alameda Hospital is a very special blood drive sponsor, one of a select group who has continuously supported our efforts to provide blood to people throughout the Bay Area in addition to their own hospital.” said Jay Winkenbach, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region.

Both organizations have long histories of community service. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881, and Alameda Hospital began its existence as Alameda Sanatorium in 1894.  The joint effort between the two groups has yielded significant results.

Since 1993, Alameda Hospital and the Red Cross have worked together to hold 53 community blood drives.  More than 1,700 pints of blood have been collected at those drives. So far in 2010, more than 100 pints of blood have been collected at two drives.

Each unit of blood collected is spun down into its three component parts – red cells, platelets and plasma.  These components are used in the treatment of trauma patients, burn victims, organ transplant recipients, people suffering from blood disorders and cancer patients.

Because each unit of blood is divided into three components, as many as 5,100 patients may have been helped as a result of the blood drives held at Alameda Hospital. 

Alameda Hospital CEO Deborah Stebbins said, “We are proud of our close partnership with the American Red Cross.  The end result is the best care for our patients and a more stable blood supply for all those who need it.”

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification.

Alameda Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award

Alameda, March 2, 2010 — Alameda Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines –Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Alameda Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease. 

Under the Get With The Guidelines –CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation/weight management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the Get With The Guidelines -CAD Gold Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines. 

“The American Heart Association applauds Alameda Hospital for its success in implementing the appropriate evidence-based care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events and deaths in cardiovascular disease patients,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “Alameda Hospital has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments.”

“Alameda Hospital is dedicated to assuring that the cardiac care we provide is among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah Stebbins. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines –CAD program helps hospitals increase the use of and adherence to the association’s secondary prevention guidelines for coronary artery disease. Developed to assist healthcare professionals follow proven standards and procedures before patients are discharged, Get With The Guidelines –CAD can help Alameda Hospital reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and death in treated patients. The program, which works by mobilizing teams in acute care hospitals to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines.

       

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 610,000 people suffer a new heart attack and 325,000 experience a recurrent heart attack each year. Statistics also show 1.26 million individuals are affected by CAD* each year.  Additionally, one in five deaths in the United States is caused by CAD.

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*CAD data was taken from 2009 AHA CHD Statistical

Alameda Hospital and Shoe Charity Partner for Haiti Relief

Alameda residents are invited to recycle their “gently worn” shoes for people in Haiti

ALAMEDA, Calif., February 1, 2010 Alameda Hospital and shoe charity, Soles4Souls, have joined forces to bring shoes to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

During the month of February, Alameda Hospital will help collect footwear to support Soles4Souls’ Project Haiti and their commitment to donate more than 1 million pairs of shoes to affected areas.  Alameda residents will have the opportunity to drop off a gently worn pair of shoes at Alameda Hospital’s Main Lobby. All donations will directly support relief efforts as part of Project Haiti, a grassroots campaign to engage the general public in collecting gently worn footwear for earthquake victims of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. 

Soles4Souls has partnered with other organizations on the ground in Haiti to transport and distribute the aid.  More than 30,000 pairs of shoes, including work boots, rain boots, and children’s athletic shoes have already been distributed in the devastated area. 

 “We see this as an opportunity to help our community respond to a crisis in the world that has gripped all of our attention and empathy”, said Alameda Hospital CEO, Deborah Stebbins.  “Soles4Souls is making a huge impact around the world and we saw this as an opportunity for our community to partner to give to others at a time of real need.”

 “As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, we cannot forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We deeply appreciate the support of Alameda Hospital in helping us provide shoes to survivors and volunteers as they work in horrific conditions.”

For more information about the Alameda Hospital Community Shoe Drive, visit www.alamedahospital.org, or call (510) 814-4362.  For more information about Soles4Souls, visit www.soles4souls.org

City of Alameda Health Care District Board Member Leah Williams

ALAMEDA, Calif., December 11, 2009

The City of Alameda Health Care District Board of Directors unanimously appointed Ms. Leah D. Williams to the Board of Directors.  The appointment was made at the December 7, 2009 District Board Meeting.  Ms. Williams was one of six applicants that were interviewed on Monday night.  Ms. Williams fills the position created when Steve Wasson resigned from his position on the Board in October of this year.

Ms. Williams is the CEO of Strategies LLC, a company that advances corporate initiatives and builds alliances through non-market solutions including: public affairs, policy initiatives, media relations, external relations, corporate social responsibility initiatives and stakeholder campaigns. Ms. Williams works with public agencies, corporations, community based organizations and foundations.  Ms. Williams has legal training at Stanford Law School, business management training at UCLA Anderson School of Business and years of experience on boards, councils and commissions.   Her expertise in all of these areas will be a great addition to the governing board of the District.

The District Board acknowledged the high qualifications of all candidates and thanked them for their interest in the Hospital. 

Ms. Battani joins Jordan Battani, Robert Bonta, Michael McCormick and Robert Deutsch, MD to make up the 5 member governing Board of the City of Alameda Health Care District that oversees Alameda Hospital.

Please refer to the Alameda Hospital website at www.alamedahospital.org, for current information regarding Alameda Hospital.

Alameda Hospital

Financial Performance Update

Posted 8.19.09

CLICK HERE for Printable Version

As the hospital’s 2009 fiscal year concludes we felt that it was important to share with our community the significant improvements that have been made during the last year.  The hospital is reporting a profit, after parcel tax receipts, of $419,000.  This represents an improvement of over $2.7 million in our performance from prior year operations.  We have developed a long-term strategic plan to help guide the organization in establishing   short term goals and objectives over the next five years.  These goals and objectives have been used to develop the hospitals operating projections for the 2010 fiscal year that is now underway. This projection is projected to generate positive bottom line results for the second consecutive year.  While only a modest profit is expected to be achieved in fiscal year 2010 important changes have been made to continue this trend in future years.

 

Some of the important changes that have occurred during the year include the addition of a twenty-six (26) bed skilled nursing program to the mix of services currently offered by the hospital.  The addition of skilled nursing services to our continuum of care in this setting contributed approximately 40% of our fiscal year 2009 net income.   We also have opened the Alameda Hospital Physicians, a Community Clinic site in the Alameda Towne Centre which includes family practice and OB/GYN physician services and will also include the addition of specialist physician services in the fields of Orthopedics, Urology, Ear Nose and Throat and others.  Additionally, our lab draw station continues to operate at this location providing a convenient location for the majority of the community’s laboratory needs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the number of patients treated in the hospital Emergency Room has declined slightly over the last couple of years the percentage of patients that are ultimately admitted as an inpatient to the hospital has continued to increase over this same period of time.  The Emergency Care Center continues to deliver the highest quality of care with some of the shortest arrival to doctor evaluation times in the Bay area.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite an increase in the level of activity at the hospital the payer mix for the hospital continues to be dominated by governmental programs (Medicare and Medi-Cal) who make up 53.5% of the patient revenues followed by the many different managed care payers (Anthem Blue Cross, CIGNA, Aetna, etc) at 38.1% of the total patient revenues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In light of the continued pressures from the ever shrinking amount of reimbursement received from governmental programs (Medicare and Medi-Cal) the hospital has been able to offset these reductions through aggressive and consistent negotiations of its private insurance contracts during the last year which have assisted the hospital in reaching its net revenue goals.

 

The hospital's management team has continued to focus on ensuring that operating expenses are maintained at optimal levels.  This includes staffing each department at appropriate levels to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided to our patients.  For the 2009 fiscal year the hospitals operating expense per adjusted patient day was $1,284 as compared to the average for all Alameda County Hospitals of $2,789.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The management team of Alameda Hospital sincerely thanks the community for the support that has been extended to the hospital through its commitment to the parcel tax revenues received each year and the many financial and non-financial contributions made by so many of our fellow community members.  As we progress through the course of our new fiscal year we will update this page to keep you informed about the financial performance of Alameda Hospital.

 

Federal Government Launches New Flu Web Site

July 9, 2009

2009 Flu Summit

Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius (HHS), Janet Napolitano (DHS), and Arne Duncan (ED), along with Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, hosted an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit with states to further prepare the nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu in the fall.

For the most current information about H1N1, visit:

www.flu.gov.

The H1N1 (swine flu) virus, combines pig, human and bird viruses.  There is currently no vaccine, but vaccine preparations are underway.  There are every day actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease like influenza.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not go to work or school if you are sick.  CDC recommends that you limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Other Links:

Alameda County Public Health Department

http://www.acphd.org

California Department of Public Health

http://www.cdph.ca.gov

CDPH swine flu hotline: 1-888-865-0564

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu

 

H1N1 Update Regarding the Rasing of the Pandemic Alert Level

June 12, 2009

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued a statement June 11 regarding the World Health Organization’s decision to raise the Pandemic Alert Level for H1N1 from Phase 5 to Phase 6.  Click Here for the update.

California Department of Public Health

http://www.cdph.ca.gov

The H1N1 (swine flu) virus, combines pig, human and bird viruses.  There is currently no vaccine, but vaccine preparations are underway.  There are every day actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease like influenza.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not go to work or school if you are sick.  CDC recommends that you limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Links:

Alameda County Public Health Department

http://www.acphd.org

California Department of Public Health

http://www.cdph.ca.gov

CDPH swine flu hotline: 1-888-865-0564

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu

 

Alameda Hospital Memorandum of Understanding with the SEIU Labor Union

May 19, 2009

 

Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce that it has reached what it feels is a win-win Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the SEIU labor union. This agreement comes after several months of deliberate and sometimes difficult negotiations and was approved by the District Board of Directors on May 4, 2009.

The MOU covers a four year term from May 1, 2008 – April 30, 2012. The hospital is pleased that the new agreement includes many changes to the employee Health Benefits program, including the addition of certain preventative health screenings and immunizations, as well as, a $500 increase in the annual coinsurance maximum. The most significant health benefits change came in the form of employee contributions towards the cost of coverage for their dependents. Employee contributions are a big step in our efforts to curtail one of the hospitals fastest growing expenses – health care coverage.

In addition, employee wages increased by 18% over the four year term of the agreement. However, the net financial impact to the hospital is mitigated by the changes to the health benefits program mentioned previously. The new agreement incorporates many language clarifications and revisions that provide for better interpretation and application of the MOU. Overall, the net financial impact of this MOU is consistent with previous agreements at just over 3% per year and is in line with wages and benefits provided by other hospitals in the East Bay.

SEIU is one of five labor unions at Alameda Hospital and represents the Environmental Services employees, Dietary employees, Certified Nursing Assistants, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Central Supply and Sterilization employees, Unit Secretaries, Instrument Technicians, Surgical Orderlies and Nursing Services Technicians (NST).

 

H1N1 (Swine Flu) Update

May 15 , 2009

Alameda Hospital continues to work closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department to address the evolving H1N1 (swine) flu virus.  We are also receiving regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to remain current with this evolving situation.

The California Department of Public Health has activated a public hotline for callers with questions about the current outbreak of H1N1 flu (swine flu):

CDPH H1N1 Hotline: 1-888-865-0564.

Click HERE to download the flyer.

As of May 14, 2009, Alameda County Public Health Department is reporting a total of 9 cases in the county (7 confirmed, 2 probable).

Alameda County Pubilc Health, like other health jurisdictions, is in daily contact with the State Department of Public Health to lessen the impact of this new virus.  

Check back often for updates. 

The H1N1 (swine flu) virus, combines pig, human and bird viruses.  There is currently no vaccine, but vaccine preparations are underway.  There are every day actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease like influenza.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Do not go to work or school if you are sick.  CDC recommends that you limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Links:

Alameda County Public Health Department

http://www.acphd.org

California Department of Public Health

http://www.cdph.ca.gov

CDPH swine flu hotline: 1-888-865-0564

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu

 

Local Physician Steps in for Colleague

Dr. Michael Zimmerman to cover patients of Dr. Daniel Kliman

 

ALAMEDA, Calif., February 27, 2009  — After the sudden and tragic death of Dr. Daniel Kliman in November 2008, Alameda Hospital was left with the challenge of finding the right doctor to care for his patients.   With the community still grieving over their loss, Alameda Hospital began a search and were able to identify Michael Zimmerman, M.D., to take over this practice.

 

Dr. Michael Zimmerman, a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, had left his practice at the Alameda Family Physicians in 2007.  After working for some time for a medical group in San Francisco, Dr. Zimmerman wanted to return to Alameda.  The tragic death of Dr. Kliman and Alameda Hospital’s desire to continue to provide access to care for his patients has resulted in a new collaboration between the hospital and Dr. Zimmerman.  Representatives of the hospital worked with the family of Dr. Kliman and offered to step in and provide the support that was needed to make a transition to a new provider possible.

“Recent reports have indicated that patients in Alameda are experiencing difficulties in accessing care in Alameda”, said Deborah Stebbins, Alameda Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We need to do our part to help improve access.  Assisting Dr. Zimmerman in covering Dr. Kliman’s practice is one way we can help”. 

Dr. Zimmerman, a Bay Area native, completed his undergraduate degree at University of California, Berkeley.  He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and completed residency in Family Medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California.

“I’m excited about coming back to Alameda and being part of this community”, said Dr. Zimmerman.  “I am glad I can help in this situation”.  Sharon Dela Cruz will continue as Dr. Zimmerman’s medical assistant.  Dr. Zimmerman, trained in Family Medicine, provides care for the entire family, including patients of all ages from newborns to seniors.  His special interests include preventive medicine, the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and asthma. 

Dr. Zimmerman can be reached at (510) 749-4909.  Alameda Hospital also provides a physician referral service at (510) 522-7058.

 

The City of Alameda Recognizes Alameda Hospital's Community Service

Januuary 20, 2009

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, Alameda Hospital has partnered with the City of Alameda to provide free flu vaccination for all City employees and volunteers; and

Whereas, Alameda Hospital has provided hundreds of the City's senior citizens with the flu vaccine through a partnership with the Mastick Senior Center; and

Whereas, the Registered Nurses of Alameda Hospital have volunteered their personal time to administer vaccinations for our clinics; and

Whereas, Alameda Hospital has offered City employees free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training; and

Whereas, Alameda Hospital holds an Annual Health Fair, where it offers no-cost flu vaccinations, health screenings and wellness training for Alameda residents.

Now, Therefore be it resolved, that I, Beverly J. Johnson, Mayor of the City of Alameda, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, as

Alameda Hospital Day

and urge all residents to recognize Alameda Hospital for their extraordinary efforts in volunteering excellent healthcare services to the City's residents and employees.

Beverly J. Johnson

Mayor

Alameda Hospital Announces the Expansion of Skilled Nursing Care

ALAMEDA, Calif., August 12, 2008 -   

The City of Alameda Health Care District announces that Alameda Hospital will be expanding its current capacity to provide skilled nursing care to the community. Alameda Hospital owns the building adjacent to its parking lot (625 Willow Street), and since 1981, has leased the building to independent operators, who currently run the South Shore Convalescent Hospital.  Alameda Hospital has valued and enjoyed its long relationship with the convalescent hospital, but as part of its strategic direction to enhance the continuum of care and services provided, especially to seniors, Alameda Hospital gave notice in February 2008 that it would assume direct responsibility for operation of the convalescent hospital effective approximately August 17, 2008.  As the largest health care provider or services to senior on the island and Alameda's aging population, refining this continuum of care is essential to meeting the changing need of the community.

Alameda Hospital plans to maintain the long tradition of high quality care provided to the residents of South Shore.  It is the Hospital’s intent to use its resources to improve the overall resident experience by enhancing the facility and scope of services available.  Current employees of South Shore have provided quality care for many years and have the opportunity to continue to do so.  Due to the Hospital’s status as a District Hospital, and in accordance with hospital policy, Alameda Hospital has a defined process of posting all available positions.  Available positions have been posted and current employees of South Shore were urged to apply for employment as an employee of Alameda Hospital.  Alameda Hospital looks forward to working with many of the health care providers who have cared for South Shore patients over the years.  It is also the Hospital’s plan to maintain and, in many cases, improve the wages and benefits South Shore employees currently enjoy.

Special meetings were held for South Shore employees, residents and their families with hospital management to discuss this transition and to answer questions that they had.

In addition to it’s full range of acute care services, Alameda Hospital currently offers a unique 35-bed subacute inpatient program for seriously ill patients who require, often long term, specialized services.  Many residents are ventilator dependent.  The care is generally more intensive than skilled nursing care and less than acute hospital care and is one of only a handful of subacute care programs in the East bay. An increase in skilled nursing capabilities will provide our patients with greater access to specialized care.

Alameda Hospital is excited about this opportunity and is committed to the continuation of providing high quality and compassionate care to the community.

 

Alameda Hospital Awarded for Excellence in Heart Care

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 29, 2008  The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association has awarded Alameda Hospital a Performance Achievement Award for excellence in the care and treatment of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) is the largest national hospital-based quality improvement program for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. This premier program empowers healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date evidence-based guidelines.

 

Performance Achievement Awards recognize hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the six core GWTG-CAD measures. The different levels of awards reflect the amount of time for which the hospital demonstrates performance.  The management and staff at Alameda Hospital are very excited about participating in this unique quality improvement program. The Bronze achievement award is just the first step towards sustaining excellence in the treatment and care of heart disease.

Alameda Hospital’s achievement will be recognized in the July 2008 “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News and World Report.

“Alameda Hospital’s commitment to excellent care will be celebrated during this year’s ‘Hospital Week’, says CEO, Deborah Stebbins.  “Our medical staff, health care professionals, and volunteers deserve our congratulations as we continue to make strides towards providing the exceptional, high quality and personalized care our patients deserve.”

In addition to this premier recognition award, Alameda Hospital has recently received “Five Star” recognition for outstanding clinical excellence in Cardiac Care, Pulmonary Care, Stroke Care, and Critical Care by HealthGrades.  HealthGrades analyzed discharges from every U.S.  hospital and published its results in The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study (2007). 

HealthGrades’ star rating system tells consumers whether a particular hospital’s performance is “best” (5-star), “as expected” (3-star), or “poor” (1-star) on a particular  procedure or condition. 

 

Alameda Hospital to Provide Inpatient Care to Veterans

 

ALAMEDA, Calif., February 19, 2008

Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce it has entered into an Agreement with Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide inpatient medical and surgical services to eligible veterans referred by the VA to the Hospital.  This agreement became effective February 11, 2008.

Alameda Hospital and its Medical Staff are excited to have been selected as the contractor and look forward to being able to provide needed healthcare services to eligible VA beneficiaries close to home.  Across the nation, Veterans Affairs enters into agreements, such as this, to provide available and accessible providers of care for their veterans.

Alameda has had a long and colorful military history as the home of the Alameda Naval Air Station that closed in 1997.  This new medical services agreement will allow Alameda and Alameda Hospital to continue to support and be an integral part of veteran's lives by providing medical inpatient healthcare services to eligible VA beneficiaries.

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District Board Announces Appointment of

New Chief Executive Officer

October 25, 2007

The City of Alameda Health Care District Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah E. Stebbins as Chief Executive Officer for Alameda Hospital.  The announcment was made at the October 23, 2007 District Board meeting.  The search for the CEO began in June 2007 when Delta One Partners, Inc. announced that they would be retiring from healthcare in December 2007.  Ms. Stebbins met with the Board of Directors, key Hospital personnel and members of the Medical Executive Committee.

Ms. Stebbins has served in a variety of leadership roles in healthcare management for over thirty four years.  After earning her BA in Political Science from Stanford and her Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, she began her career as Vice President of Corporate Development with Alta  Bates Corporation (ABC).  She rapidly moved up administrative ranks within the ABC holding company finally serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alta Bates Ambulatory Health Services, Inc.

In 1987 she was recruited to Seton Medical Center where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer when it was acquired by Catholic Healthcare West (CHW).   She then took on responsibility as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CHW Bay Area Region, the third largest division of CHW at the time with seven hospitals which represented over $600 million in annual revenue.

Following her tenure at CHW, Ms. Stebbins became Chief Executive of Masonic Homes, a 109 year old non-profit organization providing senior living, health care, residential group homes for children and community outreach to the membership of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California.  During her seven year tenure, she oversaw completion of $70 million in construction, grew the client base by 35%, and established its first strategic plan.

 

Alameda Hospital Enhances Services to the Community

New off-site laboratory draw station and expanded MRI service provides quality and convenient care

ALAMEDA, Calif., September 20, 2006 -

Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce the expansion of services in the Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging Departments. 

A new, convenient, laboratory drawing station is now open at the Alameda Towne Centre.  This new location allows the community convenient access to Alameda Hospital’s out-patient laboratory services. Located at 501 South Shore Center West, adjacent to Office Max, the new location offers ample parking and on-site registration.

In addition, Alameda Hospital’s comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging Department has recently expanded its Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) availability.  Now available both Mondays and Fridays, this advanced technology is especially designed to produce superior resolution and image quality while reducing exam times. This new patient friendly environment offers the latest in imaging technology and allows for less anxiety and greater patient comfort. 

These recent expansions exemplify Alameda Hospital’s commitment to providing quality, convenient and professional care to the community.  Alameda Hospital accepts most major health insurance plans including Medicare and MediCal.

For more information about Alameda Hospital’s capabilities, please call 814-4362 or visit its web site: www.alamedahospital.org.

 

Alameda Hospital Names The John J. Mulvany Infusion Center and Cancer Services Unit

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 26, 2006-

On Thursday, April 20, 2006, close to 100 people attended our Grand Opening and Naming Ceremony of the John J. Mulvany Infusion Center and Cancer Services Unit. The program consisted of many positive comments regarding the new unit, including statements made by Administration, the District Board, and Medical Staff Leadership including the staff of the Infusion Unit.  An unsolicited statement was also made by a current patient of the Unit, commenting on how wonderful the staff is and what a great addition this is for the community of Alameda.

The unit is located on 2-South, in an area that has been renovated with fresh paint, wall hangings, office space and two rooms containing a combination of patient beds and therapy chairs.   The unit officially opened for business in October 2005 and has increased the number of patients seen during each month from an original 20 to over 111 in March 2006.

The unit has been named after John J. Mulvany, referred to as the “Founding Father of Naval Air Station”.  Mr. Mulvany worked with the United States Government from 1917 to 1938, when Public Resolution No. 19 of the 76th Congress, authorized the President of the United States to accept the Alameda land for $1.00.

In 1938 when Alameda Hospital was going to be taken over by the Wells Fargo Bank due to a default on its loan, Mr. Mulvany contacted Mr. A.P. Gianini, Founder of the Bank of America.  When Mr. Gianini showed an interest in helping the Hospital with its financial problems, the Wells Fargo Bank agreed to extend the loan date.

John J. Mulvany also served as Chairman for 25 years of the Alameda County Welfare Commission.  This agency, now known as Social Services, was the investigating body for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  They reviewed and either granted or denied financial aid for the indigent population, furnishing food, shelter, transportation, and clothing.

Mr. Mulvany’s daughter, Marion F. Holt, who has contributed countless volunteer hours through her work with the Auxiliary and Foundation in support of Alameda Hospital since 1954, was also honored at the event.

 

Alameda Hospital Opens the Infusion Center and Cancer Services Program

Alameda Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the Alameda Hospital Infusion Center and Cancer Services Program. Located on the 2nd floor of Alameda Hospital, services are provided Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Patients can now receive the following specialized treatment close to home.

• Chemotherapy
• Transfusions of blood products
• IV antibiotic therapy
• Hydration therapy
• Central line catheter care
• IV antiemetics

This new program now allows you to receive the care you need in a convenient, accessible, and comfortable environment at Alameda Hospital. Under the medical directorship of Gary Cecchi, M.D. and Jean Bird R.N., OCN, the Infusion Center staff is committed to working closely with you and your doctor to promote the best treatment outcomes possible. To receive more information, or to arrange an appointment, please contact Nancy Martinez, Office Coordinator, at (510) 814-4078.
In addition to this exciting new program, Alameda Hospital has enhanced its Diagnostic Imaging Services by adding new state-of-the-art equipment and service.

• Mammography System
• CT Scanner
• MRI Services
• Bone Densitometry

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (510) 814-4047.
Alameda Hospital accepts most Health Plans, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. The hospital and its medical staff remain committed to provide quality healthcare, close to home

 

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