Rochelle Nason 
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Re: “Surviving in the Hospital Desert

It is true, as Sandra Davenport points out, that both Kaiser Richmond and Alta Bates emergency departments still offer stroke treatment, but that doesn't make either of them a full service emergency room, as neither has a cath lab. My mother had a stroke which turned out to be the result of a heart attack. If any other member of my family had a stroke, I would want them transported right away to a full service emergency department that includes a cardiac cath lab.

It is certainly a very good thing to have a primary stroke center at Kaiser, especially as we will soon be losing the one at Alta Bates, but it does not really solve any of the many problems we face as an area without adequate access to emergency department and other hospital services - and I think Kaiser Richmond people will be the first to tell you their small emergency room cannot handle the emergencies of the whole area.

Posted by Rochelle Nason on 07/19/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Surviving in the Hospital Desert

Thank you for this thoughtful article on a critical topic for our region. I hope the focus on Richmond does not give people in North Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Kensington a false sense of security. I find that few people outside the healthcare field are aware that there is no longer a 'cath lab' at Alta Bates, so a heart attack or a stroke requires an ambulance trip to Oakland.

The freeway corridor and the streets en route are increasingly clogged year by year. Land use plans for the region call for dramatically greater density - but not for any new hospitals, let alone emergency rooms. The trends for emergency care, hospital access, and health care costs are all extremely troubling.

Although the task force Mayor Arreguin chairs does good work, it does not yet come close to providing the robust public/private, intergovernmental, regional response that will be needed to restore emergency care and other hospital services, and to return a functioning health-care market, to our region.

If you are concerned please urge your elected representatives to make this a top priority. There are so many issues, large and small, that grab public attention . . . but this is a major failure of one of the most basic functions of government, and it requires serious and sustained focus.

Posted by Rochelle Nason on 07/12/2018 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Different writers focus on different things, and I thought this article was very much on point regarding the issue of the varying meanings of the cross in the public park to various people. The suggested corrections on other matters (e.g. easements and eucalyptus) generally look right to me as well.

One point I would emphasize: Albany is actually a racially and religiously diverse place today, which is one of the things the city has pointed out to the Albany Lions Club in asking them to rethink their position. It is no longer a white enclave, although it is certainly true that Albany has an unusually small African American population for an East Bay 'flatlands' city. We know the size of that population is no accident - the century-ago Klan activity is just one element of a lengthy history of racial exclusion that included deed restriction, redlining, racist real estate sales practices, and communal rejection of potential neighbors.

On the other hand, many formerly excluded groups, in particular people of Asian origin, have gained a very substantial footing here in more recent years. Those of us who value diversity have reason to hope that we can look forward to having more African American neighbors too. To make that happen, our society will have to make progress against economic injustice, and our community will have to make progress against the negative history of race here as well as the social attitudes that sadly still recur - as each generation of young people needs to learn for itself the necessity of mutual respect and understanding.

Posted by Rochelle Nason on 09/22/2017 at 2:30 PM

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