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Deborah McKeehan named head of board at ValleyCare

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Aug 6, 2009

Former Pleasanton City Manager Deborah McKeehan has been elected chairwoman of the ValleyCare Health System board of directors, a move that puts her at the helm of the nonprofit's board at a time when health care and costs are part of the national agenda.

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Posted by ValleyCare Needs Help
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:51 am

Let's hope that Deborah McKeehan can whip the administration and operatons (as opposed to the medical services) into shape. The patient billing operations at ValleyCare is out of control. Medical records are mired in 1950's methodology. Doctors are being poached by other hosptals. I have been getting most of my medical care at ValleyCare for two decades. My doctor recently switched to Palo Alto Medical in Dublin. What a difference! Their records are all electronic, I can e-mail my doctor which is more efficient for me and the doctor, and I have had no billing issues (versus problems about 50% of the time with ValleyCare billing). Let's hope Ms. McKeehan can improve things at ValleyCare.

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Posted by Restore service to Livermore
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I'd also like to see her restore some of the honor, and the services that have been Terminated in Livermore, the town that originally supported the Hospital.
Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore was built there with the help of donations,volunteers, community spirit. They even still have a Thrift store and accept volunteers and donations, but they do not give back...
Despite what the sign may say on the building, it is no longer a Hospital. (There is a for Profit costly exercise club.)
I took my mom there with a broken leg, thinking there still was an emergency room there, and a bunch of trainees, and apparently unexperienced medial people gave her a shot for the pain, told us the leg was broken, put on a splint which did not fit, and carried her back to my car to get her out of there. No one treated or helped with her broken leg!
They did send an astoundingly high bill for what little they did.
Can new leadership help restore the community that helped build the Hospital?