Alameda County to turn San Leandro Hospital into rehab, urgent care facility

Emergency services, acute care to move to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley

Alameda County Medical Center officials say they have signed a lease agreement that will ensure San Leandro Hospital remains open to the public.

However, they said the hospital will most likely become a physical rehabilitation and urgent care facility instead of its current operation as a primary acute care facility.

Sutter Health recently exercised its option to purchase San Leandro Hospital under a lease option from the Eden Township Hospital District.

Alameda County Medical Center officials said they plan to begin operations at San Leandro Hospital by early 2010.

Wright Lassiter III, the medical center's chief executive officer, said in a statement, "We are pleased that this agreement will allow San Leandro Hospital to remain open and continue to serve residents in the surrounding communities, ensuring local residents have access to quality, affordable health care - something that many in the communities we serve

desperately need."

Lassiter said expanded physical rehabilitation and restorative services at San Leandro Hospital will provide essential treatment for patients recovering from stroke, major traumas or surgery.

He said those services include physical, occupational and speech therapy. The typical stay for that type of treatment is about two to four weeks.

Alameda County Medical Center officials said patients in need of emergency services will be transported by Alameda County Emergency Medical Services to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, which is less than five miles away.

They said other patients will be served by St. Rose Hospital in Hayward and Highland Hospital in Oakland.

Lassiter said maintaining emergency and acute inpatient services at San Leandro Hospital would require a significant subsidy, which may not be feasible in the current fiscal climate.

He estimated that an annual subsidy of between $6 million and $10 million would likely be needed to pay for emergency and acute services.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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Posted by Nick
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2009 at 9:22 am

This would not be keeping San Leandro Hospital open in any sense. It would simply move a small number of patients from Fairmont to San Leandro. It is a slimy bribe from Sutter Hospitals to the county allowing them to Redline locals and harvest the well insured for their Castro Valley plans. It stinks on ice!!

With health care reform so close, please don't let another hospital and emergency room close.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

You bet they're gonna remain open to the public...the illegals are gonna flood their hospitals like a sunami...HOORAY! I ADD THIS TO MY LIST TO THAT ILLEGALS IN THE AREA KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR FREE SERVICES! YUP...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

Correction: ...SO THAT ILLEGALS...


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Posted by CHOLO
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 22, 2009 at 11:57 am


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Posted by JimF
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Additional facilities like this will be needed for the aged to attend their death panel hearings under Obamacare.

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Posted by OSL Community
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I would certainly like my Kaiser premiums to go down. I pay almost $300/mo and never even go to the hospital. However, I think there should be a safety net for people who can't afford to get care. Indigent, "illegal," or whatever, I think if someone has a health issue, they should be able to get treatment. If I saw someone with a broken arm on the street, or shot, or suffering from swine flu, they should get medical attention. Can you imagine if PTown just left someone shot and bleeding to death to die on main street? That would be ridiculous. With a broken arm? No way. With swine flue? Why chance it. Hells no. Fix it and lets move on. To do less, I think, is immoral and goes against humanity.

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