A forum on the proposed removal of acute care from Berkeley's Alta Bates Medical Center drew an energetic crowd on Saturday.
Healthcare professionals and officials will speak at a public forum at the Ed Roberts Campus on Saturday at 11 a.m.
A new bill would require nonprofit hospitals in California to obtain approval from the state Attorney General before closing an emergency department.
Despite its summer resolution opposing the closure of Alta Bates Hospital, the City Council’s failure to plan for the medical needs of Berkeley rests squarely upon the shoulders of its majority members and their appointees to the Planning Commission and Zoning Adjustments Board.
For months, neighbors of Alta Bates Hospital in South Berkeley’s Elmwood District have been hearing rumors that the hospital, owned by Sutter Health, plans to close. The buzz was getting so loud, said Lucy Smallsreed, president of the Bateman Neighborhood Association, that she asked the hospital to respond.