Thursday, May 12, 2005

Vote Health Alert

Supporters of access to quality health care for the most vulnerable of Alameda County's residents need to protest the plan of the County Board of Supervisors to appoint Sheriff Charles Plummer to the Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) Board of Trustees. Why is this a problem?

ACMC trustees have a legal fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the Medical Center. Plummer cannot fulfill this responsibility because as elected sheriff he has advocated against the Medical Center getting adequate funding from the County's General Fund, which is also the source of Sheriff's Dept. funding. In other words, he would have a conflict of interest if he served on the ACMC Board, which he insists competes for public funding that he wants for his own department. His public solution to budget problems at ACMC is to cut services to the poor.

There is no financial crisis at the Medical Center. There is a crisis of leadership. ACMC needs an experienced CEO with the vision to move the Medical Center forward. Plummer's appointment is the "nuclear option" which sabotages the current effort to hire a new CEO - his many attacks on the Medical Center have included criticism of their efforts to build a working relationship with labor and community groups like Vote Health.

Please call your Supervisor to vote against the appointment of Sheriff Plummer to the ACMC Board of Trustees:

Trustees have a legal fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the Medical Center, and Plummer cannot fulfill this charge due to his conflict of interest as Sheriff.
ACMC faces a leadership crisis, not a financial crisis. Plummer's appointment will sabotage current efforts to hire a new CEO.
Here are phone numbers, faxes and email address for the four supervisors who support the appointment of Plummer to the Board of Trustees:

President Keith Carson
dist5@acgov.org
510/272-6695
510/271-5151

Vice President Scott Haggerty
district1@acgov.org
510/272-6691
510/208-3910

Supervisor Gail Steele
dist2@acgov.org
510/272-6692
510/271-5115

Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker
BOSDist3@acgov.org510/272-6693
510/268-8004

Please note that the appointment has been buried in the consent calendar (item #39) for Tuesday at 10am,
May 17th's meeting of the Board of Supervisors
at 1221 Oak St., Oakland
Fifth floor.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see the saga continues at ACMC, how very sad. Ann bring up some very interesting points with regards to conflict of interest. Do some things never change at the medical center, or is change defined by the continual decline in ethical values by the leadership. As a still intersted party I will weigh in with my two cents. Might I suggest the BOT, the Supervisors, and all those interested, follow this link to "Five questions that the corporate directors should ask". Go to http://www.ethics.ubc.ca/papers/invited/5questions.html to see how a lack of ethics by an organizations leadership can lead to ruin. At least Enron was decent enough to not publicly flaunt their ethical transgressions for all to see. Shame, shame, shame on you, those entrusted to protect the most vulnerable in Alameda County. Those believing in Karma would say your next life will likely be as a patient depending ACMC to save your life or that of someone you love. I wish you luck.

Anonymous said...

LET ME LET YOU ON A SECRET,ONE OF PLUMMER CHIEF OR STAFF WIFE WORK AT ACMC.SHARON KINNISON WHOOPS DID I LET THE CAT OUT THE BAG. SHE WAS KAISER FINANCIAL DIRECTOR UNTIL FOUND HER RECORDS SHOWING FUND WERE BEING WHAT I SAY WAS MISSING YES THE FUNDS WERE MISS USED IN SOMEBODY POCKETS. OF COURSE KAISER DEMOCRATIC HAD HER ESCORTED BY SECURITY AND WAS TO LEAVE EVERYTHING OFFICE AND THEY WILL CLEAN HER OFFICE UP AND SEND HER BELONGINGS TO HER. BUT I MEAN BUT ACMC HIGHER HER AS OUR FINACIAL MANAGER,THRU AN INFORMAL SLIP,AND INVESTIGATION WAS STARTED
AND SHE WAS GONE FOR 6 MONTHS AND SHE BACK AS AN CONSULTANT PLUMMER MADE SHE WAS TAKEN CARE RIGHT UP UNDER OUR NOSES, SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CORRUPTION THE HISTORY BEEN THERE RIGHT UP UNDER OUR EYES,ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THEY USE YOU NURSE TO FIGHT FOR MEASURE
A, FOR OTHER SELFISH REASON. I GUESS WE WERE TRICK. WE EITHER HAVE TO PRAY FOR PLUMMER OR SEE A VOODOO PRIEST.

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