Alameda County Board of Supervisors Approves Temporary Funding for Medical Center
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Medical Center Board of Trustees on Tuesday announced a "four-point rescue plan" that would provide short-term funding and other changes to temporarily avert proposed cuts to the center, which faces a $45.7 million budget deficit, the Oakland Tribune reports. Under the plan, supervisors agreed to take financial control of the center, alter the structure and appointments of the center's Board of Trustees and appoint a "blue-ribbon panel" to review the governance structure of the medical center. The supervisors did not recommend a long-term funding solution for the medical center, such as a ballot measure for a property or sales tax. Rachel Kagan, a spokesperson for the medical center, said, "It's positive to learn the supervisors are committed to keeping services open," but she added, "We are less clear on the coming impact of some of the changes put into place in terms of financial oversight and governance" (Vesely, Oakland Tribune, 8/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.