ALAMEDA -- The Alameda Health Care District will begin soliciting applications from people who are interested in replacing Jordan Battani following her resignation from the district's board of directors.
Battani's resignation took effect May 23, which means that her seat will be up for grabs during the November election for a candidate wishing to complete the remaining two years of her term.
The board intends to appoint to fill the seat on an interim basis and is expected to review appointment procedures at its June 4 meeting. The selection will take place no later than July 22, according to district officials.
A health care consultant, Battani had served on the board six years and was its president when she was re-elected in November 2012.
In a Facebook posting announcing her resignation, Battani cited the affiliation between Alameda Hospital and Alameda Health System, which took effect May 1, saying it was an opportunity for leadership change.
"I'm especially proud of the affiliation of Alameda Hospital with the emerging network of Alameda Health System," Battani said. "I believe it represents the only viable path to maintain and enhance the continued operation of Alameda Hospital, and the provision of safe, effective health care right here at home. Now, as that affiliation is final and the work of operating as a member of (the system) begins, is a good time for a leadership transition."
Battani served five years as board president and was a leader of the steering committee that negotiated the affiliation.
"As a board member with many other community leaders over the years, it's been a wonderful experience to work with the dedicated, creative and tireless management team, employees and medical staff at Alameda Hospital," she said. "Together, we've brought the organization safely through a series of significant challenges."
Alameda Health System also includes San Leandro, Fairmont and Highland hospitals, and the John George Psychiatric Hospital.
The agreement between the network and Alameda Hospital, which both sides approved in November 2013, calls for the network to provide funding for facility improvement, new technology and state-mandated seismic upgrades.
The affiliation is expected to boost Alameda Hospital's revenue because the health network needs more beds for patients and space for surgeries, which the hospital can provide.
The $298 parcel tax currently collected annually from Alameda property owners since 2002 to support the hospital will remain earmarked for the facility, a requirement by law.