SAN LEANDRO -- The City Council on Monday committed $3 million over the next three years to help keep San Leandro Hospital and its emergency room open.

Alameda County Medical Center asked for the money as part of a package it is putting together to keep the hospital open. The medical center would own and operate the hospital, maintaining it as an acute care hospital with an emergency room for the next three years. The medical center has committed $1 million annually, for a total of $3 million. Eden Township Healthcare District has pledged $250,000 the first year and $500,000 in the following two years.

The Eden district owned the hospital until earlier this year, when it lost a lawsuit against Sutter Health, which operates the facility and is negotiating details of the sale with the district. Depending on the outcome of those talks, Eden Township may be able to commit more to the hospital.

The medical center also is seeking federal funds to keep the hospital open.

Alameda County also is being asked to contribute $1 million annually for the next three years, for a total of $3 million. County supervisors unanimously approved the request Tuesday.

Sutter has given the medical center a deadline of Nov. 7 to present an offer, Alameda County Medical Center CEO Wright Lassiter told the council Monday.

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