Photo: HiMY SYeD

The East Oakland Hospital was a hospital at 2648 E. 14th Street (now International Blvd.). It later changed its name to Oakland Hospital. The building is now known as the Fruitvale Gateway Building.

The building was designed in 1928 by William H. Weeks as a 4-story building with the option of adding on. 3 They built 7 stories from the start, and it opened in May 1929. 15 At some point an 8th floor was added.


After construction, one of the first references to it is in the Hayward Review about the death of Mrs. Ida Batteate, 4 wife of Nicholas Joseph Batteate, in 1929.

Miss America of 1925, Fay Lanphier, gave birth to her daughter Shirley Fay Daniels at the hospital in 1933. 16

In 1937, Max Baer, Jr. was born at the hospital. In 1938 when he was 5 months old, he was treated for pneumonia at the hospital. 5 Max Baer, Sr.'s parents were treated there as well at different times, 6,7 and his mother Dora died there in 1938.

In 1939, Florence V. Klaeser was the superintendent. 2 She was appointed in 1934. 8

The hospital changed names to Oakland Hospital in 1958. Dr. John Vickery was chief of staff, and Howard Johnson was the administrator. 13 Vickery was the father of actor John Vickery, who was born at the hospital in 1950. Dr. Vickrey's father-in-law, Dr. James Parker, had been chief of staff in 1952. 14

Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, was born at the hospital in 1965.

Lillian Mae Reading, mother of Oakland Mayor John H. Reading, died at the hospital in 1967 after a long illness. 10


In June 1989, the hospital closed its emergency room, laid off some employees, and began the process of shutting down. At that time, Douglas Self, formerly city manager and city attorney, was co-owner. 12

1928 ad 3excerpt from 1951 Sanborn map (fair use) 1928 rendering 111929 15

Links and References

  1. East Oakland Hospital To Be Erected Oakland Tribune January 15, 1928
  2. Polk's Oakland Directory 1939
  3. ad for bonds Oakland Tribune January 26, 1928
  4. Mrs. Ida Batteate Passes Suddenly Hayward Review September 3, 1929
  5. Max Baer Jr. Taken From Oxygen Tent Oakland Tribune May 23, 1938
  6. Max Phones to Ask About Father, Babe Oakland Tribune March 12, 1938
  7. Baer, Ruth Blood Donors Oakland Tribune August 6, 1938
  8. Superintendent of Hospital Named Oakland Tribune July 13, 1934
  9. Polk's Oakland Directory 1969
  10. Mother of Oakland's Mayor Dies Oakland Tribune January 11, 1967
  11. New Hospital for Fruitvale District Oakland Tribune January 8, 1928
  12. New layoffs trigger chaos at Oakland Hospital; closing looms Oakland Tribune June 28, 1989
  13. Dr. John Vickery Named Hospital Chief of Staff Oakland Tribune December 16, 1958
  14. Oakland actor John Vickery is now the real thing: a Broadway star Oakland Tribune July 6, 1984 (p2)
  15. East Oakland Hospital Is Completed Oakland Tribune May 19, 1929
  16. 9-Pound Daughter Is Born To Former 'Miss America' Oakland Tribune April 2, 1933