Letters to the Editor: Hospital affiliation allows services to continue

Letters to the Editor: Hospital affiliation allows services to continue

Letters to the Editor
Deborah E. Stebbins

Alameda Hospital has long played a central role in our unique Island community. For more than 100 years, we have served the health and wellness needs of our patients while continuing our tradition of support for organizations and causes deemed vital to the well being of our community. So why, I’m asked, did Alameda Hospital join a larger health system? It’s complex - and I want to ensure our residents value the efforts we’ve taken to sustain health care on the Island.

First, it’s crucial to recognize the many good people, including doctors, nurses, service and technical workers who have worked diligently as a team to protect our mission for compassionate, quality patient care. This is a devoted team that has often sacrificed financially, choosing instead to invest in the community hospital on behalf of their friends and neighbors.

Second, it’s important to know that we achieved many milestones to broaden specialty services, build revenue and reach new patients over the last few years. Efforts worth noting include the opening of the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, the Bay Area Bone and Joint Center orthopedic clinic, and a new concentration on skilled nursing beds and subacute care. We also heightened our focus on services to the elderly to match changing demographics.

The reality is that it’s difficult for small, standalone hospitals to survive in today’s challenging health care marketplace. Given the financial landscape, we knew we needed a partner to keep health services in Alameda. After much deliberation and outreach by the district board, we found that partner in the steadily growing health care network of Alameda Health System. Our interests and dedication to patient care are closely aligned. The months-long forming of an affiliation began, and was complete as of July 1.

We’re proud to report that the affiliation allows us to continue providing emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, and long term care to our Alameda community as well as offering residents enhanced access to specialty care. Alameda Health System is also supporting Alameda Hospital with new technology, facility improvements, and funding to comply with state seismic mandates. The district board will continue overseeing the local parcel tax, which remains a vital funding source for the long-term operation of health services. The district board will also remain in control of real estate, with Alameda Health System officials leading day-to-day operations.

You can also count on the high quality health care you’ve come to expect at Alameda Hospital. In fact, we recently received another quality distinction - the coveted Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll awards conferred by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. These awards are the highest level of recognition and achieved through our ongoing commitment to ensure that stroke patients receive treatment equal or better to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. We are also proud to announce that our hospital received the Sharon Baranoski Founder's Award from the Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care in honor of our acute care success.

We want to thank the entire community for supporting these efforts including the district board, the physicians, staff and volunteers of Alameda Hospital, and the Alameda Health System family. Together, we look forward to a fulfilling and productive future rooted in serving the needs of local patients and their families. We’re here when you need us, and you’ll experience award-winning health care close to home.

Deborah E. Stebbins, interim chief administrative officer
Alameda Hospital

Comments

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

Is Stebbins still making over $300k/year as interim?
How long will she be in admin of the new op?

Submitted by Tom (not verified) on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Just how much will we be paying admin to oversee our property tax funding of this facility?