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> Thoughts from Councilmember Campbell Washington Oakland City Councilmember Ann Campbell Washington spoke to a group of more than 30 members and guests last month at the Chamber’s regular Inside Oakland series. The Councilmember spoke about several issues upcoming for Oakland in 2016.

Campbell Washington expressed her excitement about the launch of Oakland Promise, an initiative aimed at tripling the number of Oakland public school students who graduate from college. The first phase – creating college savings accounts for low-income kindergarteners and at-risk children born in Oakland – will roll out on a pilot basis this fall, with the hope of scaling up in the near future. Also on the Councilmember’s agenda for this year is her effort to get Oaklanders to approve a soda tax likely to be on the November 2016 ballot. Berkeley became the first city in the country to pass a one cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks in 2014. Now Oakland and San Francisco are looking to do the same thing. Campbell Washington said the Oakland measure would be similar to Berkeley’s and would raise $11 million per year for public health and education. The Council is also currently considering charging a fee on new market-rate development to go towards funding affordable housing, capital improvements, and transportation. Campbell Washington said there will be Ann Campbell Washington debate on the Council about how to phase-in the fee, what level to charge in various parts of the city, as well as how to allocate the funds among the three categories. The discussion was part of the Chamber’s monthly Inside Oakland series – a public forum for Chamber members and their guests featuring public and private decision makers who affect Oakland. The next Inside Oakland will be held on Friday, Feb. 26 and will feature Oakland’s new City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, who will discuss her goals and priorities for the city. ■

> Port of Oakland welcomes first ‘megaship’ in U.S.

> The right care in the right place: partnership reduces hospital readmissions – by Ursula Boynton, M.D. Delivering high-quality, patient-centered care doesn’t end when patients leave the hospital. Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center collaborates with skilled nursing facilities in Oakland and Berkeley to help patients continue healing and return home. Repeated hospitalizations are stressful – physically and emotionally – for patients and their families. Nationally, about one in five Medicare patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. By emphasizing coordinated care and communication, we work closely with hospital Ursula Boynton and skilled nursing staff to ensure patients return home – not to the hospital. In 2014, Alta Bates Summit began partnerships with Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland Healthcare and Wellness Center, and Piedmont Gardens. Each committed to high clinical standards to improve care coordination and decrease preventable hospital readmission. Reducing readmissions Since partnering with Alta Bates Summit, all three facilities have seen a drop in the number of patients readmitted within 30 days. • In 2015, their combined readmission rate to Alta Bates Summit is 12.3 percent compared to almost 20 percent nationwide. • Emergency room visits and the number of patients readmitted to the hospital within a 48-hour period have also declined. While Alta Bates Summit works closely with these three facilities, patients and their families may select any nursing home, home health agency or other providers. Improving care As part of our partnership, skilled nursing facilities: • Access patient data from Alta Bates Summit’s electronic health record, smoothing the transfer from hospital to post-acute care. • Have increased rehabilitation and case management staff. Emmons Collins, M.D., oversees a specialized team of physicians and nurse practitioners working with Alta Bates Summit physicians to carry out their recommendations and treatment plans for skilled nursing patients. “By focusing our quality improvement efforts on communication between providers at the time of the transfer, we provide a better patient experience, clinical outcome and reduce unnecessary readmissions to the hospital,” Dr. Collins says. For patients and their families, that means receiving the right care at the right place to support recovery and return home. To learn more about how Alta Bates Summit partners to help improve patient care in our community, visit newsroom.altabatessummit.org. ■ Ursula Boynton, M.D. is the administrative medical director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

> Port of Oakland launches hotline, live chat, and office hours Recently, the Port of Oakland successfully berthed the largest cargo ship to ever visit the U.S. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, at 1,310 feet nearly a quarter-mile long, tied up at the Port’s Outer Harbor. By docking without incident, it symbolically opened the Trans-Pacific trade route between Asia and North America to megaships. Prior to the docking in Oakland, megaships carrying 18,000 containers or more have been used exclusively in Asia-Europe trade lanes. Now that the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin has proven workable in Oakland, other megaships will likely follow. They’re the most cost-effective, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vessels afloat. “This is a milestone for the Port of Oakland and for U.S. trade,” said Port Maritime Director John Driscoll. “We’ll see more of these big ships before long. This vessel also represents and reinforces the economic partnership between the U.S. and France.” According to Marc Bourdon, president of CMA CGM (America) LLC, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, “The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin’s call at the Port of Oakland was made possible thanks to a tight collaboration with all stakeholders at the port. By welcoming the largest containership ever to call at U.S. ports, authorities have demonstrated their willingness to be part of an ever growing shipping industry.” ■

The Port of Oakland has launched a new toll-free telephone hotline, website live chat, and office hours in East and West Oakland. This new outreach program, called “Meet the Port,” provides the public access and engagement with the Port.

“Our hotline, live chat, and office hours are staffed by Port employees trained to provide information and gather feedback about anything Port-related,” said Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe. “We also provide resources, referrals and the latest updates about doing business and working with the Port.” The Port’s toll-free telephone hotline is 1-844-OAKPORT (1-844-645-7678), and will be answered by a Port employee Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Port has a live chat feature at www.portofoakland.com available Monday through Friday at the same time. The Port of Oakland today holds office hours in West Oakland at the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center, 1801 Adeline St. Office hours will be held during the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The East Oakland office is located at Cypress Mandela Training Center, 977 66th Ave. Office hours in East Oakland will be held during the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drops-ins are welcome. ■

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February 2016 Oakland Business Review