1992: The State (of California) provides approximately 40 million in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding earmarked for Highland and Fairmont. Instead of using this money to improve the hospital, Supervisors Steele and King choose to divert half of it to the County Sheriff. Kears “borrows” the other half for projects which, it is said, will save the County money in future years. It is unknown if these “savings” were ever returned to assist ACMC.
Excerpted from the “Alameda County Health Care Timeline” Produced by Vote Health, PUSH, and the Bella Vista Neighbors, 1998.