Health Matters

At its June 17 meeting, the City Council gave a unanimous thumbs up to extending Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Basic Life Support program. The service involves transporting patients by ambulance on non-emergency calls like doctors’ and dialysis appointments. Under the program AFD personnel also transport patients between facilities and stand by at events. 

AFD offers these services for a fee using two of its ambulances staffed by its emergency medical technicians.

The city of Alameda Health Care District is seeking to fill a vacant board member position left by former member Jordan Battani last month. Battani notified the board she would be stepping down from her position on May 9, but her resignation was finalized on May 23. Battani was board president for five of her seven-and-a-half years on the board.

Two Alamedans suffering from cancer recently felt a warm outpouring of support from neighbors, family and friends.  

At an Open House at Maya Lin School on May 29, students, parents and friends held a bake sale to benefit Miranda Robles-Tuttle, a fifth grader at the school with bone cancer. Her classmates organized the sale to support an online fundraiser at www.youcaring.com to help her family cover medical expenses.
 

Another Alameda family has a relative in need of support. 

Eighty-year-old Porter Davis will be busy this Sunday doing something that people half his age wouldn’t even consider. He’ll be running the “Dipsea."

At 104 years old (24 years older than Davis), the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. On the second Sunday of June each year, the scenic 7.4-mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach challenges runners with its stairs and steep trails.

Have you ever read a restaurant guide before picking a place for a special dinner? Or a consumeradvice magazine before buying a new car?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a similar guide for looking up the quality of care at hospitals in your area? Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare and you can find it on the Medicare website, at www. medicare.gov.

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