Alameda Hospital

The Alameda Music Project held its debut concert on Friday, June 6 at Maya Lin School. The hour-long concert featured five soloists and six songs by the group, including a piece written by the student performers. Photo by Lorrie Murray.

Jordan Battani, the longest-serving member of the board that governed Alameda Hospital and a key player in its affiliation deal with Alameda Health System, has resigned her seat. Her resignation was effective May 23.

“It has been my great privilege and pleasure to serve the community of Alameda, and the employees, clinicians, patients and staff at Alameda Hospital as a member of the board of directors of the City of Alameda Healthcare District,” Battani wrote her fellow board members in a May 9 e-mail. “Together we’ve brought the organization safely through a series of significant challenges.”

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It’s official: Alameda Hospital is now part of the Alameda Health System, Alameda County’s public health system.

The affiliation deal, finalized at 12:01 a.m. Thursday when the hospital’s license officially transferred into Alameda Health System’s hands, capped an intense effort by the hospital’s leadership to save the financially failing facility from closure as its cash dwindled and a deadline for making seismic fixes loomed.

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Photo by Dave Boitano.

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Veteran naval aviators shared plenty of sea stories during a special Living Ship Day celebration held aboard Saturday aboard the Hornet, moored permanently at Alameda Point. Though the foundation that runs the ship has a museum that holds these events each month, Saturday’s gathering honored the 70th birthday of the ship’s commissioning and its 15th year as a floating museum.

A severe flu epidemic that has dogged much of the nation has taken hold of California in recent weeks, though local public health officials said they are well prepared to handle additional flu cases and they urged people to get flu shots if they have not done so already.

“It’s widespread. But the system is not being overwhelmed,” Alameda County Public Health Department spokeswoman Sherri Willis said of this season’s flu outbreak.

Managers at Alameda Hospital secured provisional approval for the hospital’s board Monday to move forward with seismic retrofit projects they said they need to complete by the end of 2012 in order to win an extension on the state’s 2013 deadline to complete pricier retrofit work and keep the hospital’s doors open.