The State Assembly Health Committee today is scheduled to hear legislation proposed by State Sen. Ellen Corbett, former mayor of San Leandro and now representing the 10th State Senate District that would require more notice to the community when hospital emergency rooms are proposed to be closed.
Her bill, Senate Bill 196, would double the notice given to the state before emergency rooms could shut down and require three public hearings to allow for public input before any potential closure.
Corbett, whose district includes Pleasanton and much of the Tri-Valley, has been leading the effort to keep San Leandro Hospital open, introducing legislation to require a vote before any closure could occur and advocating for the community's interest at rallies and neighborhood meetings.
"As a result of the work I have done in my district to try to stop the closure of San Leandro Hospital, I realized first hand that more time is needed for the community to find possible solutions," Corbett said. "Residents rely on their local hospital and emergency room for easily-accessible, quality care and deserve to be notified well in advance so that they can express their concerns and look towards a plan to keep it open if a closure is being considered."
SB 196 would require an additional 90 days, for a total of 180 days, of notice to the Department of Public Health before a hospital can shutter an emergency room. It would also require at least three public hearings. This additional time would allow the public to find solutions to keep the emergency room open, including finding a new provider or increase revenues.