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A new plan to save Bay Area hospitals from closure, February 27, Oakland

OAKLAND — Bay Area politicians unveiled a new plan aimed at stopping a wave of hospital closures in California, including Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital, slated for closure as early as 2020, by giving the state Attorney General the authority to review the impact of the decision before allowing it to move forward.

The legislation, authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), focuses on not-for-profit hospitals, such as Kaiser, Alta Bates and Summit. Under current law, California hospitals are only required to give a 90-day notice to the Department of Public Health prior to shutting down operations. If passed, the hospital would also be required to hold at least one public hearing.

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U.S. Health Spending in 2015 Averaged Nearly $10,000 Per Person, December 2, Washington

WASHINGTON — Total spending on health care in the United States increased last year at the fastest rate since the 2008 recession, reaching $3.2 trillion, or an average of nearly $10,000 a person, the Department of Health and Human Services reported on Friday.

The growth coincided with continuing increases in the number of Americans with insurance coverage, through private health plans or Medicaid.

Federal spending on health care has increased by 21 percent over the past two years, as millions of Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the department said in its annual report on health spending.

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New urgent care centers gaining ground in Bay Area, Berkeley, October 2, 2016

BERKELEY (KTVU) -- For patients who need emergency healthcare but aren't suffering from life threatening injuries, a new alternative is available to Bay Area residents.

One such center called LifeLong Immediate Care is one of a growing number of new urgent care clinics that are gaining ground in Northern California.

"There's not enough primary care doctors at this time to give everybody a regular guaranteed office visit at a moment’s notice so the urgent care clinics are taking that role," says Dr. Doug Spurr, a physician at LifeLong Immediate Care.

For patients who have a minor injury or illness and can skip a trip to the emergency room, LifeLong Medical Care in Berkeley may be an alternative. The company has a second center in San Pablo and is planning to open another campus in Richmond.

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Rodeo Health Center is now open.

Thank you all for coming out to celebrate the Rodeo Health Center opening with us!

Special thanks to Supervisor Federal Glover, Housing Director Beth Campbell, Lifelong Board Member, Christie Kiefer and our Board Chair, Kevin Williams for joining us and supporting our event.

Thank you!

Marcela

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Actor Danny Glover Joins Bay Area Physicians in Public Debate About Securing Needed Health Care Resources in West Contra Costa County; Sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care, Richmond, September 22, 2016

The event was sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving 52,000 community members each year in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of LifeLong's patients live below the Federal Poverty Level ($23,850 annual income for a household of four.)

"The event engaged participants in a dialogue on matters of personal health and community investment," said LifeLong Executive Director and CEO Marty Lynch. "Attendees also learned about available urgent and primary health care services provided by LifeLong Medical Care, which is helping fill a vital need in West Contra Costa County," he said.

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Panel highlights ‘health care desert’ worries in Richmond, September 1, 2016

A Wednesday night panel discussion on the state of health care in Richmond and West Contra Costa county—places one attendee labeled “health care deserts”—underscored the community’s anxiety over access to medical treatment.

The event, held at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, was sponsored by LifeLong Medical Care, a Bay Area nonprofit that provides health, dental and chronic disease care to underserved populations. The organization operates health centers in Alameda, Marin and Contra Costa Counties, including three locations in Richmond.

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Covered California Rate Increases of 13% will Make Health Insurance Unaffordable for Some, says LifeLong Medical Care CEO Marty Lynch

Covered California health care rate increases of about 13% in 2017 will make it more difficult for people to afford health care coverage next year, says LifeLong Medical Care CEO Marty Lynch in a KTVU-TV news story July 19.

The story was taped at LifeLong Medical Care's Ashby facility in Berkeley.

People should shop around for health care coverage. If you would like to register to be a patient at LifeLong Medical Care call (510) 981-3250. Patient advocates can register you and will assist/enroll you in any insurance, MediCal, or other health care funding program.

The KTVU-TV news story is below:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/176878009-video

 

2016 LifeLong's Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The San Pablo Lytton Casino held the 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting LifeLong Brookside Health and Urgent Care Centers, on October 10 at the Richmond Country Club. 144 golfers participated and we raised more than $110,000! Thank you to everyone who made this event a real success.

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LifeLong Brookside Health and Urgent Care Center is grateful to the following organizations for their generous underwriting of the San Pablo Lytton Casino’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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A Special Thank You to the following Individuals and/or Organizations for Their Kind Donations

Ainsworth Game Technology
Alliant Insurance Services
Ameripride
Anheuser-Busch
Avigilon
Bay Cities Produce
Blue Bunny
Boyd Coffee Company
City of San Pablo
Coca-Cola
Community Clinic Consortium
Contra Costa Electric
Core Group
Credo
Curiale Wilson
Cypress Security
East Bay Restaurant Supply, Inc.
Ecolab
Elite Associates
EMCOR Group/ Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Everi Games Inc.
Giesecke & Diverent (G&D)
HL Noodle Inc.
Horizon Beverage
Hormel Foods Corp.
International Game Technologies
Leavitt United Insurance Services
LifeLong Medical Care
Linda Collins
Maggiora Baking Company
Mauzy Insurance Services, Inc.
Meczka Marketing Research Consulting, Inc.
Michael De La Paz
Miller Hot Dogs
Mutual of America
Nestle
Odwalla
Pacific Janitorial
People Ready
PT Gaming, LLC
R&B Cellars
Red Bull
Regal Wine Co.
Richmond County Club
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Scientific Games
Southern Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Stidham Law Offices
Surveillance Systems, Inc.
Sysco San Francisco, Inc.
TLB Insurance Services

2017 LifeLong's Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The San Pablo Lytton Casino held the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting LifeLong Brookside and Urgent Care Centers, on October 16 at the Richmond Country Club. 144 golfers participated and we raised more than $110,000! Thank you to everyone who made this event a real success.

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LifeLong Brookside and Urgent Care Center is grateful to the following organizations for their generous underwriting of San Pablo Lytton Casino’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Platinum Sponsors

lytton

Gold Sponsors 

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everi

Silver Sponsors 

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A Special Thank You to the following Individuals and/or Organizations for Their Kind Donations

Ainsworth Game Technology
Alliant Insurance Services
Ameripride
Bay Area Beverage Co.
Bay Cities Produce
Boyd’s Coffee Company
Cintas
City of San Pablo
Coca-Cola
Community Clinic Consortium
Contra Costa Electric
Curiale Wilson
Cypress Security
Del Monte Meat Co.
Ecolab
EMCOR Group/ Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Everi Games Inc.
Federal Heath
Gallagher Champman – Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Hillhouse Construction
Horizon Beverage
International Game Technologies
LifeLong Medical Care
Maggiora Baking Company
Mauzy Insurance Services
Meczka Marketing Research Consulting, Inc.
Miller Hot Dogs
Mountain Fresh Spring Water
Mutual of America
Nonstop Wellness
Odwalla
Office Stuff
Pacific Janitorial
People Ready
Performance Live
PT Gaming, LLC
Red Bull
Regal Wine Co.
Republic Services
Richmond Express
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Scientific Games
Southern Wine & Spirits
Stidham Law Offices
Suhr Risk Services
Sysco San Francisco, Inc.
The Swenson Group
TLB Insurance Services
Tri-Quest Builders
U.S. Bank – Gaming Division

 

Berkeley council criticizes hospital closure plans, July 13, 2016

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BERKELEY -- The City Council on July 12 registered its strong concern over plans to close Alta Bates hospital, calling upon owner Sutter Health to keep it running and possibly seismically retrofit it. A Berkeley institution since 1905, Alta Bates has the only remaining emergency room between Richmond and Oakland since Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo closed last year.

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