Hospital critic says he's quitting board

Hospital critic says he's quitting board

Michele Ellson

Elliott Gorelick, the critic of Alameda Hospital who voters placed in a seat on the hospital’s board, says he is resigning.

“Although the Hospital is not something people really pay much attention to, its continued existence at a cost to the taxpayers of Alameda in both dollars and death is an embarrassment,” Gorelick wrote in a post on his blog that announced his resignation.

Gorelick could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night; the blog post said his resignation would be effective Tuesday.

Elected in 2010 after several attempts at earning a hospital board seat, Gorelick, a pharmacist, said he thought Alamedans weren’t well served by the hospital and that it should be shut down. He also opposed the $298 a year parcel tax property owners have been paying to support the hospital since 2002.

The hospital has struggled financially over the last several years, and is running a $1.7 million loss so far this year.

The remaining members of the board will need to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Gorelick’s term, the second time the board has had to replace someone who departed mid-term in less than a year. Tracy Jensen won appointment to the board in February, after Stewart Chen won a City Council seat.