Health

Richmond Councilmember Jael Myrick, Mayor Gale McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles look on as community members support DMC funding. Photo Credit Gabriel J. Sanchez

Richmond floats plan to give DMC $15 million from Chevron project

  No time to read about Richmond City Council’s decision? Listen here. A unanimous vote from the Richmond City Council provided a $19 million promise to fund Doctors Medical Center over the next three years....
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Richmond City Council puts Chevron-DMC motion on hold while patients and hospital hold on

The fate of Doctors Medical Center remained in doubt after five hours of heated arguments at the Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday, which adjourned at 11:30 p.m. The council postponed until Oct. 21 any resolution...
Toody Maher, founder and executive director of Pogo Park, with a model of the Elm Playlot, in 2010 when the park was in the process of being transformed. (Photo by Richmond Confidential/archive photo)

Pogo Park and Richmond police win national award for community partnership

Local non-profit organization Pogo Park and the Richmond Police Department has won a national award for their collaborative work in transforming and improving the Elm Playlot on 8th St. and Elm Ave., becoming one of...
A view of the Hacienda housing project in Richmond. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

The Hacienda housing project was declared uninhabitable. Why are tenants still living there?

The troubles at the Hacienda housing project were made public in February. The Richmond Housing Authority promised a tenant relocation in April. The initial application was sent in May. It’s now October—and mice still crawl...
Although a senate bill allocated $3 million to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, its future is still uncertain. (Photo by Christopher Connelly)

Doctors Medical Center propped up by state funds, long-term still in doubt

A senate bill allocating $3 million to Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo is intended to keep the hospital in operation but will likely not last beyond March, 2015. Uninsured and low-income patients may be...
A volunteer for the last five years, Marsha Felton boxes up supplies in MedShare's San Leandro warehouse. (Photo by Pallavi Somusetty)

Nonprofit MedShare repurposes unused medical tools by donating to local clinics

Many times a day, in Bay Area operating rooms like those at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, nurses lay out a set of surgical tools from which doctors can choose. Surgeons often pick one or two instruments...
A nurse at Brighter Beginnings Family Clinic in Richmond takes
a patient's blood pressure. (Photo by Pallavi Somusetty)

Unverified Bay Area residents at risk of losing Covered California insurance

On Wednesday, Covered California, the state’s public health exchange, plans to end coverage for thousands of Bay Area residents who didn’t submit timely documents proving that they’re legal residents of the state. More than a...
(Photo By Mara Van Ells)

Berkeley to vote on soda tax, looks to Richmond’s Measure N defeat for lessons

Two years after Richmond voters overwhelmingly rejected a soda tax, health advocates in Berkeley and San Francisco are drawing lessons from Richmond’s Measure N defeat to try to pass similar taxes on sugary drinks on...