Highland Hospital to be Renamed After Former County Board Supervisor

File photo--Highland Hospital in Oakland will soon be renamed to commemorate the memory of Wilma Chan.

Highland Hospital to be Renamed After Former County Board Supervisor

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to rename Highland Hospital in Oakland the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus in honor of their late colleague Wilma Chan at its March 29 meeting.

The measure passed 4-0 (Board President Keith Carson, Board Vice President Nate Miley, Dave Brown and Richard Malle) with one supervisor (David Haubert) absent for the vote.
At the meeting, Brown, who took over District 3 of Alameda County after Chan’s passing, said that renaming Highland Hospital would be a fitting tribute to Chan because “she was a longtime advocate for quality affordable health care for all over her 30-year career in public service.”

Brown mentioned Chan’s efforts as a California Assemblymember to introduce landmark legislation that would cover health costs for California’s 800,000 uninsured children, before President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chan chaired the assembly’s Health Committee and was appointed to several other committees. As an Assemblymember she passed over 70 bills and resolution involving health care for the vulnerable including a bill that would prevent the practice of hospitals overcharging uninsured and underinsured seniors, children and the undocumented.

Chan continued her health care advocacy as supervisor. She expanded the number of school-based health clinics, endorsed the Measure A health care sales tax, and launched her initiative, All In, which addressed basic needs, economic development, and quality education for Alameda County families.

Chan was instrumental in preventing San Leandro Hospital from closing by getting the hospital transferred to the Alameda Health System from Sutter. She also advocated for a big renovation of Highland Hospital.

It has not been announced when the name change will take place.

Chan passed away on Nov. 3, 2021, after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dog at the intersection of Shore Line Drive and Grand Street just after 8 a.m. (“Farewell, Wilma Chan” Nov. 9).

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, in collaboration with the non-profit Vision Alameda County, have established the Supervisor Wilma Chan Legacy Fund. Chan’s family suggests that donations to honor her be contributed to the Legacy Fund, which will support grants to community non-profits and other eligible programs serving a public purpose in support of Chan’s legacy. To donate or learn more about the foundation, visit www.acgov.org/government/news/wilma-chan-legacy-fund.htm.