Hospital Quality Institute’s 2019 Conference is set
for October 14-15 in Sacramento. We’ve assembled a slate of
speakers and presentations to help you achieve
ever-increasing levels of performance through a culture of
respect and professionalism.
Join us to learn strategies and take home tools for achieving
reliable care and delivering value to each patient, each time,
and in each community. The content, interactive learning and
networking opportunities are not to be missed.
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.
California has seen a relatively slow start to this
year’s wildfire season, but Wanda Chaney still frets every time
it’s hot and windy in Chico. She’s far less worried about an
actual wildfire than the power company shutting off her
electricity to prevent one. (Kaiser Health News)
Sierra View Medical Center will begin constructing a new skilled
nursing facility in 2020.
In a statement issued by the hospital on Tuesday, the Sierra View
District which manages the hospital has decided to replace the
existing 35-bed distinct part skilled nursing faclity now located
within the Sierra View Medical Center. (The Porterville
Mee Memorial has announced it will be opening a new
clinic in Greenfield in September 7. The new clinic will
offer services that include primary care, pediatrics, obstetrics
and gynecology, podiatry and lab services, with radiology to be
added in the coming months. (KION)
Rural hospital closures increase patient mortality by nearly
six percent, but urban closures have no measurable impact on
patient outcomes, according to
a study published by the National Bureau of
(Becker’s Hospital Review)
California’s Department of Public Health will move dozens of
permanent beds from a long-term residential program at Zuckerberg
San Francisco General Hospital to a short-term program in another
part of the hospital. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
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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