It might come as a surprise to many of you, but your parcel tax money isn’t being used to shore up Alameda Hospital any more. The District just borrowed $900,000 against our expected parcel tax revenue to lease space for and construct a Wound Care Clinic at Marina Village.
But there seems to be a misconception of the purpose of the Alameda Health Care District (AHCD) Board in general and one board member in particular coming from a surprising quarter: some doctors and nurses at Alameda Hospital! Since they are more highly educated than the average citizen having been to medical school etc., I thought these professionals knew that the reason the Board was created in 2002 was to administer the new parcel tax, not the hospital. It’s a District Board, not just a hospital board.
In fact, the board members are elected to represent Alameda taxpayers, not to protect the salaries and egos of those who see Alameda Hospital as their personal fiefdom. Most doctors at Alameda Hospital know this. Most can take some honest criticism derived from publications in nationally respected peer-reviewed medical journals. But the few who embarrassed themselves at last Monday’s (August 9, 2011) District Board meeting by taking personal potshots at an elected District Board member owe him a public apology.
Elliott Gorelick is doing his job: exploring the feasibility of the continued existence of the hospital as is.
–Carol Gottstein, Alameda