My Priorities

I see the district needing to focus great effort over the next four years on four key areas:

  • Building a sustainable business model with our new system partners – taking full advantage of the Accountable Care Act – while always being available to our most vulnerable islanders – addressing first and foremost health equity for all – and keeping our hospital an integral part of our community.
  • Building partnerships across medical staff, support staff and IT infrastructures with the new system partners and with the newest health care provider on the island – the Veterans Administration.
  • Building stronger ties to the island community – including the development of a coordinated hospital, community, business and city/county government strategies for improving community health and well-being – our Health Care District uses parcel tax dollars and  hospital community benefit dollars – let’s make sure those dollars provide the most impact on the health of our community.
  • Building permanent solutions to infrastructure and preparedness deficits – our community hospital needs to be there for us when disaster hits.

2 thoughts on “My Priorities

  1. Bob Matthews

    Do you value the presence and work of trained Chaplains in the hospital setting? Why or why not? Do you think Alameda Hospital should have a trained and experienced Chaplain? Why or why not?

    I will appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience; surely before election day.

    1. jimmeyersdrph Post author

      Hi Reverend Matthews,

      Thank you for your questions. I do value the presence and work of trained Chaplains in a hospital setting and believe that Alameda Hospital should have access to trained and experienced Chaplains for their patients who wish to include spirituality and/or religion in their care experience. I have personal interest in this issue and took addition course work at UC Berkeley during my DrPH training to gain a better understanding of the role spirituality and religion should have in direct medical care settings. I have also, recently, worked with the California HealthCare Foundation in assisting in the establishment of Palliative Care Services in all of the State’s public hospitals. Those newly established teams included chaplains as an essential part of this important care service.

      I believe: A patient’s self-reported religiosity and spirituality is an essential part of a person-centered care plan and should be considered by the care providers. I also believe: the vast majority of the American public want their providers of care to consider their spirituality and/or religion when developing a care plan.

      If I am elected as a director on our community’s Health Care District Board of Directors, I am acutely aware that my influence in the choice of employing a trained and experienced Chaplain is limited by the Alameda Health System leadership – and their plan for this service. I will seek ways to influence decisions in this area and other areas of hospital operations through solid facts, my experience in running hospitals and health systems and my desire to see our community hospital stay open on our island.

      Thank you again for your questions. I will send you a pdf of a research piece I wrote as a doctoral student – I hope you find it interesting. The title is: Religion, Spirituality and Health: Causal Pathways to Better Health and it addresses four causal pathways to better health through the consideration of spirituality and religiousity at the point of health care service.


      Jim Meyers

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