The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California is a nonprofit hospital and health system trade association established in 1961, representing 197 hospitals and health systems in 50 of California’s 58 counties—from Kern County to the Oregon border. The Hospital Council’s membership includes hospitals and health systems ranging from small, rural hospitals to large, urban medical centers, representing more than 37,000 licensed beds.
Hospital Council delivers services geographically through sections, each with specially designated staff. The structure provides members with opportunities to pursue common goals and efforts that may be county-specific and/or regional in nature. Section meetings occur routinely to timely address local issues. The Healthcare Foundation of Northern and Central California, the 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity supporting the Hospital Council, carries out a wide range of health care related programs including:
Programs to reduce impact of frequent users on emergency departments
Community based resources to reduce impact on emergency departments and hospital overcrowding such as respite centers, mental health services, and temporary housing
Workforce training grants and scholarship programs
The Hospital Council strives to provide opportunities where hospitals, politicians, community leaders, other advocacy groups, health care providers, clinics, government agency leaders can come together to partner to solve health related challenges facing a local area. The Hospital Council assists members in implementing programs to overcome operational challenges and improve patient care.
The Hospital Council works with local media, community groups, business groups and others to accurately portray issues impacting hospitals such as access to health care, challenges facing emergency departments, the uninsured, workforce shortages, regulatory burdens and many others. The Hospital Council is the local spokesperson with the media and public for the hospital field. The Hospital Council works to establish strong relationships with business coalitions, Chambers of Commerce and other key organizations in communities across the Hospital Council region.
External support is available through the Hospital Council in many areas of hospital operations including finance, compliance, safety, recruitment and blood services. Hospitals using these services help provide significant non-dues revenue to the Hospital Council helping to support additional member programs
The Hospital Council supports the implementation of patient safety and quality initiatives through the Hospital Quality Institute with collaboratives, education, peer-to-peer networking and sharing of best practices. CHA and the three Regional Associations are the members of Hospital Quality Institute, founded to consolidate our separate quality efforts and provide greater resources to California hospitals.
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