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April 20, 2012 > County approves agreement to assist St. Rose Hospital

County approves agreement to assist St. Rose Hospital

Submitted By Ruben Briones

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), on April 18, 2012, between Alameda County and Washington Township Health Care District to establish the St. Rose Transitional Authority, to administer and control funding to assist in the operation of St. Rose Hospital and allow Washington the opportunity to conduct due diligence and consider managing or acquiring St. Rose.

"St. Rose Hospital is a gem for Alameda County residents, in particular residents in Hayward. The Hospital plays a critical role in providing safety-net services and today's approval creates a path of long-term stability that will help keep the doors of the Hospital open," said Supervisor Nadia Lockyer who represents District 2 which includes the cities of Hayward, Union City and Newark as well as a portion of Fremont and the unincorporated area of Sunol.

The JPA includes proposed membership from Alameda County, Washington Township Health Care District, Eden Township Hospital District and St. Rose Hospital. The Authority will administer and control funding that may be obtained to assist in the operation of St. Rose. This may be followed by an agreement in which Washington Township may manage or acquire St. Rose or its assets.

"I am pleased today's action will allow for regional healthcare delivery in central and southern Alameda County. St. Rose has provided high quality care to both the insured and uninsured residents and I am proud to have played a role in continuing its mission to serve all that come to their doors," added Lockyer.

St. Rose Hospital is an independent community hospital located in Hayward that has provided acute and emergency medical services for 50 years. The Hospital has a strong reputation for outstanding cardiology, emergency, diagnostics and women's services. The hospital serves the cities of Hayward, Union City, Fremont, Newark and San Leandro, as well as unincorporated San Lorenzo and Castro Valley with a combined population of approximately 650,000 residents.

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