Lynn Bratchett, Alameda Health Care District Board

Lynn Bratchett, Alameda Health Care District Board

Lynn Bratchett

Why do you want to be on the Alameda Health Care District Board?

As an incumbent, I feel it is important to continue the work that was started and still needs to be done. That work including but not limited to maintaining current hospital quality services, ensuring the citizens' parcel taxes are utilized to maintain hospital functions, keep the community outreach programs and maintain hospital emergency services and stroke center which are a vital necessity in the Alameda community. I am familiar with both Alameda Hospital and Alameda Health System, having been a registered nurse in both entities. Currently a district board member for the past two years as well as a member of the finance committee at Alameda Hospital, I think I am well positioned to continue to serve as a healthcare district director.

My motivation is simple ... I love Alameda Hospital and believe without its presence, the community would suffer tremendously. Even though many residents are members of Kaiser or Sutter, when one needs hospitalization and treatment, it is usually sudden and seconds matter. The travel distance to get to a hospital off-Island in many cases would increase mortality as many of the Island residents are reaching maturity. The hospital must remain here continuing to provide quality services and develop innovative strategies for the future. Those of us who live here are that future ... I am that future too.

What do you bring to the position?

I am registered nurse with 31 years of experience in health and hospitals. I hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and master of business administration. I am currently assistant program director at Merritt College. I am also owner of CCTRNLLC, a business teaching health care courses and providing consulting and other services. I also serve on the board of directors for ASEB-Alzheimer’s Center of the East Bay. I have a passion for healthcare, the elderly and quality of life for all. I have dedicated my life to caring for others and now I teach our younger nurses how to do just that ... but time is running out!!!!!! I am also an incumbent and I think I have proven myself.

What do you think is the role of the board post-affiliation?

The board duties have shifted now as Alameda has partnered with AHS. Most importantly, the parcel tax must be monitored to ensure that Island residents continue to receive hospital services. Those being wound care, orthopedic services, stroke care, emergency services, medical services all provided by seasoned physicians, not residents or interns. I also think community outreach will and must expand to meet the needs of the community. Mature adult care, home care services are approaching our population very quickly, we must be prepared. There are many other services that can be addressed but these are the priorities I have chosen.

If elected, what are your top three priorities as a board member?

As I already stated, parcel tax, ensure continued quality services and community outreach are my top three priorities while continuing to train new, younger nurses to effectively care for the maturing population.

In the wake of the affiliation deal with AHS, what role does Alameda Hospital play in meeting the health care needs of Alamedans and others, both as part of the community and AHS?

As part of the JPA, the planning and funding for the hospital’s retrofit is a focus, hospital operations are being looked at, sources of funding are being sought and this will be part of the strategic operations, assumed by AHS as part of our agreement. Current programs will continue: quality emergency and stroke care, wound care, orthopedics and skilled nursing.

What kind of services should the hospital, and the district, be providing to Alamedans?

The district will work to ensure quality services are continued and work with AHS and the community to prepare for caring for a more mature society perhaps in Alzheimer's or home care.

What challenges and opportunities do the hospital and health care district face today?

Frankly, the challenges are mostly financial, which also plagues this society. Health care is rapidly becoming a privilege even in the wake of health care reform. Unless we can find a way to pay for health services or give those services for free or at a very reduced rate, our younger generation won't be able to afford to care for us and nor will we.