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Berkeley council criticizes hospital closure plans

Published Wednesday July 13

BERKELEY — The City Council on Tue registered its strong concern over plans to close Alta Bates hospital, calling upon owner Sutter World to seismically retrofit it instead and keep the hospital running.

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.

The vote followed a six p.m.rally in front of Old City Hall staged by the Cal. Nurses Association to protest the planned closing, projected for sometime between 2018 and 2030.

Cortez dismissed the notion that urgent care could fill the gap if Alta Bates closes.

Many nurses spoke at the council meeting.

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