Northern California was well represented at the Hospital
Quality Institute’s (HQI) annual conference earlier
last week, with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)
honored with the 2019 C. Duane Dauner Award.
John Muir Health was also recognized – as a finalist for the
award, which highlights outstanding achievement in
patient safety, quality improvement, and patient
experience. (CHA News)
In the Monterey Bay area, hospitals are strong drivers in the
local economy, deliver high quality patient care, provide safety
net services to residents in need, improve community health
outcomes, and serve as a vital element in the region’s emergency
Here is a sampling of partnerships, programs and services
designed to deliver quality patient care, increase access to
primary care services, and improve health outcomes in Monterey
County, San Benito County and Santa Cruz County.
Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including
access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service
availability, community support service availability, as well as
the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing
instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical
activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy, and
Many of the barriers to effective emergency care systems are also
barriers to effective population health management and the
Associations’ vision of an optimally healthy society.
Pre-hospital care and services, emergency department crowding,
alternate destinations and treatment sites as well as post-acute
transfer options impact the effectiveness of emergency
departments and the ability of residents to receive the right
care, at the right time, in the right place.
Secure, effective exchange of patient health information is
critical to increase coordination of care and decrease costly
duplication of services. Issues involved include: data
ownership; privacy; connectivity; access; and local vs. statewide
Without sufficient, well-trained health care professionals at all
levels of the care continuum, access, quality, timeliness and
safety for patients and staff is compromised. Shortages include
specialty nurses, clinical lab scientists, respiratory and
physical therapists, radiology technologists and more.
The Guilds of Valley Children’s Healthcare announced today a $5
million endowment dedicated to transforming the health and
wellbeing of the Valley’s children through the establishment of
the Guilds Center for Community Health.
The Center will be the first of its kind in the Central Valley to
link clinical care, community partners and the healthcare
network’s current community health initiatives to improve the
health of children where they live, learn and play.
A new hospital and urgent care facility is proposed for Morgan
Hill. Kaiser Permanente is looking at opening a medical office in
the city. And the County of Santa Clara is preparing to remodel
the De Paul Health Center. (morganhilltimes.com)
Sonoma Valley Hospital will begin construction next month on a
new diagnostic center, hospital officials announced on Tuesday.
The first phase in building its $21 million diagnostic center
will include a new CT scanner, a larger waiting room for patients
and the beginnings of refurbishing existing space that housed the
old emergency department. (Sonomanews.com)
The Hospital Council – Northern and Central California is the
unified voice of our members, acting as a catalyst to empower
hospitals to act together on issues affecting patient care and
the health status of communities. We are dedicated to advocating
for our member hospitals at the
local and regional level and in support of California
Hospital Association (CHA) at the State and Federal level.
We strive to be an invaluable partner, convening groups across
multiple sectors to address health and quality of life challenges
within our communities.
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