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.
Who needs a dog when you can pet a 12-foot Burmese python?
About 50 young patients at the Sutter Medical Center children’s
center in Sacramento got an up-close look at the snake, an adult
alligator, a porcupine, a penguin and other critters Thursday
morning, when “animal ambassadors” from SeaWorld San Diego came
for a visit. (The Sacramento Bee)
Marshall Medical Center’s longtime CEO James Whipple is
set to depart after nearly four decades with the hospital.
Whipple has led Placerville-based Marshall Medical for the last
16 years, and has spent 38 years with the hospital across his
career. Previous to becoming CEO, he was the chief financial
officer of the medical center. (Sacramento Business
The Hospital Council of 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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