Key hurdle to Alameda Hospital affiliation deal cleared

Monday, September 16, 2013

Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions.

The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, eliminates the requirement that full-time workers from the two hospitals become eligible for a county pension when the deals close and they become employees of Alameda Health System. It also allows employees of the two community hospitals who work half time or more and are enrolled in pension plans now to maintain a pension benefit.