Council Connect Article

CEO Message: Putting Your Work First

The Hospital Council Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2020 last month, kicking off the year with robust discussion of the top issues facing hospitals in our region, including:

  • Working with PG&E to improve the public safety power shutoff process. Hospital Council and the California Hospital Association (CHA) continue to meet with PG&E to share hospitals’ concerns about the process, and this week sent a letter to PG&E CEO William Johnson asking for greater support to ensure hospitals can continue to provide the best care for Californians.

Specifically, Hospital Council and CHA asked that PG&E:

  • Prioritize hospitals alongside other emergency response personnel.
  • Provide a clear understanding of where hospitals lie on an emergency grid.
  • Share better estimates and minimize the duration of anticipated outages.
  • Establish a clear timeline for improving information sharing and communication.
  • Schedule a direct, in-person meeting with PG&E leadership and Hospital Council/CHA
  • Addressing homelessness within our communities. January’s meeting featured a presentation by Margot Kushel, MD, director of the University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Kushel spoke about the myths and realities of homelessness in our state, highlighting hospitals’ role in caring for the homeless and leading a discussion of what success in this area looks like.
  • Responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. More details are provided below, but be sure to hold Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. (PT) for a standing, hospitals-only conference call with the California Department of Public Health.

As the pace of this year continues to increase, your board will keep the issues most important to you at the forefront of all we do, so that you can continue to do what you do best — provide outstanding care to Californians.

Bryan Bucklew

President & CEO