Update July 13, 2016: The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved the resolution opposing the closure of the Alta Bates hospital and emergency room at Tuesday night's meeting.
Three members of the Berkeley City Council are backing a resolution to oppose the planned closure of the Alta Bates Medical Center emergency room and inpatient hospital. The full council will vote on the issue at its meeting Tuesday night.
Sutter Health, which owns Alta Bates, said last fall that it would close the acute care hospital and emergency department sometime before 2030. That's when tough California seismic standards kick in. Sutter said it would consolidate emergency and inpatient services at its Oakland Summit Medical Center and make Alta Bates an outpatient hub.
"Sutter made this decision unilaterally without consulting the city of Berkeley," said council member Jessie Arreguin, one of the authors of the resolution. "We need to speak out, and we need to fight back."