Council Connect Article

RVP Roundup

Here’s a look at how Hospital Council’s RVPs have been working on behalf of hospitals over the past few weeks.

On April 30, Hospital Council, Partnership HealthPlan, and a number of north state community colleges partnered to host a brainstorming session with north state hospital nurse leadership.

The goal was to devise strategies to identify and secure nurse faculty to keep nurse education programs operating and growing. The conversation among the 50 participants was very fruitful, with many ideas shared. One that will likely be explored is to replicate a model Adventist Health created in Humboldt County, where hospital employees serve as part-time college nursing program instructors.

For more information, contact RVPs T Abraham at tabraham@hospitalcouncil.org or Meghan Hardin at mhardin@hospitalcouncil.org.

On April 28, East Bay Section government relations leaders gathered virtually for their quarterly meeting. CHA provided an update on our top legislative priorities and answered questions. The group then discussed the special election for Assembly District 18, made plans for resuming Hospital Council meetings with county supervisors this year, and considered local advocacy related to American Rescue Plan funding.

On April 27, the Santa Clara Section met for the second time this year. The CEOs received a legislative update, an overview of the Hospital Council and CHA board meetings and heard a presentation from Supervisor Susan Ellenberg on Black infant and maternal health. The group took action on sending a letter to the county administrator and Board of Supervisors about the American Rescue Plan. In addition, during a roundtable/COVID-19 update there were a few questions about testing emergency department patients and surveillance of staff. RVP Jo Coffaro will contact Santa Clara County’s Public Health Officer Sara Cody, MD, and report to the group.

For more information, contact RVP Jo Coffaro at jcoffaro@hospitalcouncil.org.

MoRe Health is a quarterly meeting bringing health care providers from Monterey and Santa Cruz counties together to discuss current issues affecting the provider community. At last month’s meeting the group heard a presentation from Stephanie Sonnenshine, CEO of Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH), on the proposed changes to the CalAIM program, a multiyear process led by the California Department of Health Care Services, with goals of improving the health outcomes and quality of life experienced by Medi-Cal patients. Several of the nonprofit organizations had not heard about the changes or the possible in-lieu of services CCAH is considering implementing.

For more information, contact RVP Jo Coffaro at jcoffaro@hospitalcouncil.org.