Health Matters

Alameda Hospital begins new monthly column in Sun

Alameda Hospital has been a primary stroke center since 2011 and has saved the lives of many community members in their most critical time of need. Alameda Hospital is a member of the American Stroke Association’s Honor Roll, having achieved Gold Plus and Elite Award distinctions. The Honor Roll was featured last fall in U.S News and World Report, recognizing Alameda Hospital as one of the best hospitals in the country to receive stroke care. 

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area? Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare and you can find it on the Medicare website, www.medicare.gov.

A majority of affluent older Americans who are nearing retirement share the same concern — that health care costs could strike a blow to their retirement plans. In fact, 63 percent of them choose the word “terrified” to describe how they feel about the subject, according to an annual Nationwide Retirement Institute survey.

Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the San Francisco District Food and Drug Administration Janet McDonald will speak to the Alameda Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 16, at noon. McDonald will discuss the agency’s recent enforcement actions. Lunch included. Tickets are $20 at the door. Rotary lunches take place at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. Call 865-5322 for info.

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

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