Alameda Health Care District Board

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The Alameda Fire Department is preparing to expand the non-emergency transport services it provides to patients at Alameda Hospital who need rides to appointments and other health care facilities. The City Council is set to consider changes to the contract between both entities on Tuesday.

Four people with more than a century’s combined experience in different aspects of the health care field have applied to fill out the second half of former Alameda Health Care District Board member Stewart Chen’s four-year term, in the wake of Chen’s ascension into a City Council seat.

Lynn Bratchett, Shubha Fanse, Terrie L. Kurrasch and Tracy Lynn Jensen have all applied to fill Chen’s seat on the board, which oversees Alameda Hospital. A replacement for Chen is expected to be picked on January 28.

Alameda Health Care District Board incumbents Mike McCormick and Jordan Battani beat challengers in a Tuesday night race that may determine the future of Alameda’s only hospital. The hospital lost approximately $1.9 million this fiscal year despite bringing in more than $6 million in annual revenue from a parcel tax approved by voters in 2002, and its financial sustainability is uncertain.

With all but provisional votes counted, McCormick earned 9,661 votes, over 35 percent of the total votes cast in the race. Battani came in second, with 6,634 votes, followed by Tracy Jensen, who received 5,827 votes and Leland Traiman who got 2,129.