This afternoon the community celebrated the completion of construction of Adventist Health Sonora’s new 64,000 sq. ft. Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute at the intersection of Mono Way and Greenley Road. (MyMotherLode.com)
Over a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is just days away from opening its new Main building and grounds on December 9. The hospital reached the final step to announcing an opening date when it received its license from the California Department of Public Health on December 4. Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new 521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. (MILTECH)
Oakland opened the gates to its first “safe haven” city-sanctioned and operated homeless encampment Monday.
The encampment occupies what was an empty lot between Sixth and Brush streets and Seventh and Castro streets. It features 20 modular units similar to “Tuff Sheds,” designed to house 40 people for up to six months at a time. The encampment will offer a variety of services aimed at getting homeless people into more permanent housing. (East Bay Times)
Finally, there is broad public recognition and a nationwide call to action to fix the deadly opioid epidemic.
Matters surrounding it are complex and expand outside of healthcare to several socioeconomic issues, and many sectors of our society need to come together to address the root causes. However, healthcare leaders have a unique leadership role to play, and we must consider the following questions. (Managed Healthcare Executive)
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center marked a new era Saturday with the unveiling of its new Sobrato Pavilion, a facility boasting cutting-edge technology and innovation that officials say will put the needs of patients first. (The Mercury News)
That was a phrase repeated quite often last week, as Sutter Health hospitals in the Central Valley region dealt with bomb threats, mass casualty events, active shooters, floods and power outages during the latest statewide emergency preparedness exercises. (Central Valley Business Journal)
The University of California at Davis Health System has received a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database, UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. The project is expected to conclude in July 2022. (mobihealthnews)
A hospital emergency department may not seem the most likely place to perform a clinical trial. Loud, stressful and chaotic, the American emergency room offers a tried-and-true backdrop for television and motion picture productions but is not typically considered the domain of painstaking academic research.
However, physicians will attest that important life-saving research can take place amid the chaos.
Several years ago, Kaiser Permanente–the largest nonprofit healthcare system in the United States–set out to rethink the gap in patient care that occurred when nursing staff changed shifts.
You would think nurses could solve the problem simply by paying attention to patients as soon as they came on shift. Yet, they were constantly being pulled away to communicate with nurses ending their shifts or to find patient information. Many patients described hospitals as a “ghost town” during shift changes. (Co.Design)
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to construct an inpatient psychiatric facility for youth in crisis at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.
“This is about teens at risk of doing damage to themselves or others. This is about families struggling through the hardest thing they’ll ever face and being torn apart at precisely the time they need to be together,” said Board President and Supervisor Joe Simitian in a statement. (Fox2 KTVU)
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) last week announced Santa Clara Valley Medical Center as the winner of the 2017 C. Duane Dauner Quality Award (formerly known as the Vanguard Award) for its Specialty Care Access Improvement Initiative, an innovative approach to improving patient experience and timely access to quality specialty referrals.
The Joint Commission has recognized Sierra View Medical Center as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality Data Contributor for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care. (The Porterville Recorder)
A new program by Kaiser Permanente will expand health coverage for uninsured, low-income young adults in the Valley who lack access to other coverage.
Kaiser Permanente’s new Community Health Program extends coverage free of charge to Fresno, Madera and Kings County residents who are not eligible for Medi-Cal and can’t afford to purchase individual health insurance. (The Business Journal)
Late last week, Placerville-based Marshall Medical Center launched its new electronic medical records system after investing $20 million in the initiative.
The new system, which uses a medical record software called Epic, will create a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical and home health divisions. Previously, these three divisions had separate electronic medical records systems. (Sacramento Business Journal)
MedShare, a 501(c)3 humanitarian aid organization dedicated to global health, today honored Sutter Health with a Global Humanitarian Award, which was accepted by Sutter Health’s President and CEO Sarah Krevans. The event was in recognition of Sutter Health’s outstanding leadership in supporting at-risk communities that require medical supplies and equipment. In addition to Sutter Health’s recognition, the event also recognized local Bay Area supporters who were instrumental in MedShare’s ability to deliver on-demand humanitarian aid.
NorthBay Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in the category of the patient experience. (The Reporter)
Marin General Hospital (MGH) is at a significant turning point in its history. Since opening in 1952 in Marina County, Calif., the facility has seen a five-fold population increase. MGH is the only provider of many acute care services in the area, and its Level 3 trauma center and emergency department (ED) receive 70 percent of the county’s ambulance traffic.
For all the wrong reasons, the disaster response drill at Healdsburg District Hospital originally scheduled for this month has been cancelled.
That’s because the hospital’s staff and leadership just went through the real thing during the weeks of wildfires that burned thousands of homes and took lives in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa and beyond. (The Windsor Times)
John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center has been awarded Comprehensive Stroke Certification Accreditation by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. This certification means that the Walnut Creek Medical Center is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to deliver advanced stroke care.
The new Ridgecrest Crisis Stabilization Unit grand opening was a festive affair.
Well over a hundred people (many wearing green ribbons to symbolize California’s mental health movement) gathered under shade structures outside the new facility at 1141 Chelsea St. Wednesday morning for the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony. (The Daily Independent)
Dignity Health French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo contributed $25,000 to Hope’s Village of SLO, which recently began its Showers of Hope program for homeless people who have no other access to bathing. (The Tribune)
The smell of smoke, though faint, could still be detected Tuesday morning inside Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital as medical staff opened the doors to patients for the first time since the Tubbs fire forced the hospital to evacuate eight days ago.
Everything — the walls, floors, medical equipment, patient scheduling screens — looked spotless, as it did when the hospital opened for the first time just three years ago. (The Press Democrat)
An expanded Monterey County pilot health care program has launched for local residents ineligible for government-backed coverage because they are in the country illegally.
On Wednesday, Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and Building Healthy Communities will be joined by Supervisor Jane Parker and county Health Department director Elsa Jimenez and others at the event designed to mark the program’s kick-off and explain its benefits. (Monterey Herald)
Adventist Health has reached an affiliation agreement with Marysville, CA-based Rideout Health that should be finalized in early 2018, the two non-profit health systems announced. (HealthLeaders Media)
As a flurry of ash began to fall from the sky outside Santa Rosa Memorial hospital Monday afternoon, Elizabeth and Joseph Tito took comfort in controlling what they could: the flow of ambulances, cars and panicked families in and out of the hospital’s main parking lot. (San Francisco Chronicle)
As more than a dozen fires raged Monday across large swaths of Napa and Sonoma counties, some hospitals were forced to quickly evacuate patients and staff as the flames and smoke threatened their facilities. (The Mercury News)
Sutter Health, a health care system in Northern California, and Mental Health America (MHA) are collaborating on the development of online tools and resources that proactively address mental health concerns before they escalate. This collaboration is designed to provide earlier access and connect people with the support and services they need, the two organizations said. (Healthcare Informatics)
Decades ago doctors made house calls, bringing medical care to patients who couldn’t make it to the clinic.
Now Montage Health, the nonprofit parent company of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, is bringing free medical care to those with no homes, as well as those with poor access to health care, in Monterey County. (Monterey County Now)
Bakersfield Heart Hospital earned an award for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), which is the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. (23ABCNews Bakersfield)
Long waits at the emergency room are the norm at many hospitals, and a source of frustration for patients and doctors. The emergency department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, operated by Dignity Health, sees about 275 patients each day. In the past two months, it has been able to shrink the amount of time it takes for a doctor to attend to an emergency room patient from around 30 minutes to less than 20 minutes. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Kern County veterans are now able to seek services and procedures in Bakersfield that, in some cases, previously required trips to Los Angeles.
Nearly 300 doctors at Kern Medical were enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care network over the summer, making the hospital eligible to treat patients faced with burdensome travel requirements or lengthy wait times at a VA health center. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
A program at Kern Medical has helped Bakersfield families while going through the bereavement process.
It incorporates a device called the “Cuddle Cot” and is designed to give parents of stillborn babies more time with their little ones, to bond with them and to grieve over them before the baby is carried away. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
Corwin Harper has been named as Kaiser Permanente’s new senior vice president and area manager for the Central Valley.
Harper’s is a lifelong journey in medicine that began when he was a young man in Allendale, South Carolina. (Central Valley Business Journal)
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial isn’t sleeping on the job, but it’s making sure the newborns in its care can … safely.
The healthcare organization was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Certified Safe Sleep Champion.” The certification is earned by healthcare providers that prove a “commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep,” according to a press release issued by AHLM. (Central Valley Business Journal)
A formal groundbreaking was Sunday for the first phase of the $4.3 million Healing Courtyards project to create outdoor courtyards and indoor waiting areas at Dignity Health Dominican Hospital. The goal is to reduce stress and promote healing for patients, their loved ones and hospital staff. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Employment opportunities and affordable housing costs make the southern valley a desirable destination for new residents. Experts predict that Kern County’s population could double in the next 25 years.
Today, John Muir Health is introducing a “new look”, including a new logo. The new brand identity is symbolic of a renewed commitment to the best patient experience at John Muir Health. Patients and consumers have continually communicated to John Muir Health that it’s important to listen, explain, and work together as a team to provide them with the highest quality care. The new look and logo represent this commitment to patients backed by John Muir Health’s dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers. (BusinessWire)
Dignity Health and UCSF Health on Tuesday announced a new affiliation that will bring UCSF Health’s academic expertise to three Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area: Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. (The Mercury News)
Alameda Health System today announced the American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Highland Hospital as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest designation given by the national organization. This recognition for excellence makes Highland Hospital the only adult Level 1 trauma facility in the East Bay. (EconoTimes)
Women’s Care at Adventist Health Bakersfield was the recipient of three five-star awards from Healthgrades, the hospital announced Monday.
Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, gave AH Bakersfield the 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award after reviewing data from 2013 to 2015. It also gave the hospital three five-star awards in hysterectomy, urogynecologic procedures and c-section delivery. (Bakersfield Californian)
NantWorks, the Culver City company controlled by billionaire physician Patrick Soon-Shiong, has taken over the operator of half a dozen California hospitals, including St. Vincent Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles and St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
NantWorks acquired a controlling stake in Integrity Healthcare, which in 2015 took over management of six hospitals from the struggling nonprofit Daughters of Charity Health System. The hospital chain now goes by the name Verity Health. (Los Angeles Times)
Carmela Coyle, President/CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, has been selected as the new President/CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA) and it’s parent organization, the California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (CAHHS). Coyle will replace long-time CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner, who is retiring. (State of Reform)
Sonora Regional Medical Center has a new name — Adventist Health Sonora. According to a Adventist Health press release, the new brand affects the entire Adventist Health system, “including an expanded mission statement with core values that support our vision of transforming the health experience, outcomes and status of our communities. Today, we are excited to announce a key milestone on our branding journey; the naming across our system will be updated to truly reflect our coming together under one brand.” (The Union Democrat)
By next month, local epilepsy patients won’t have to travel so far for complex procedures.
That’s because Kern Medical Center has partnered with the University of Southern California’s Neurorestoration Center to bring an epilepsy program and center to Bakersfield. It’s the first time USC has partnered with a Kern County healthcare provider. (Bakersfield.com)
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the categories of Pediatric Orthopedics (36th), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (46th) and Pediatric Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery (50th).
The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities and are designed to help parents find the best care for their kids. (Bakersfield.com)
Tulare Regional Medical Center achieved two milestones, officials announced Wednesday: the hospital has achieved Baby-Friendly certification, and recently finished its first medical staff election under its new Medical Executive Committee. (Valley Voice)
Corwin Harper, a health-care leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and multiple senior leadership roles, has been named Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Area. (Manteca Bulletin)
A Silicon Valley couple has donated to $20 million to Sutter Health to establish an innovation center focused on human-centered care. The Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery Endowment Fund at Sutter Health will serve as an incubator identifying innovative solutions to healthcare challenges, validating their effectiveness in real-world provider settings and integrating them into patient care as quickly and safely as possible. (HIT Consultant)
Dignity Health, the fifth largest hospital system in the U.S., marked National Nurses Week by getting a Nashville-based musical influencer to serenade its nurses with a song composed of heartfelt thank-you messages from patients and employees. (Creativity.com)
John Muir Health’s medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek recently earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes John Muir Health’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of heart failure care for patients by ensuring they receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations. This award is one of the highest distinctions for heart care and treatment in the country. (Business Wire)
As you help yourself to coffee, tea or cucumber-infused “spa water” in the well-lit lounge, health and wellness information refreshes on a wall-mounted flat screen television. The comfortable cushioned seat where you sit has electrical outlets to recharge your smartphone or tablet.
A young receptionist smiles and offers you fresh fruit.
No, this is not a day spa or health club. A wall of trendy reclaimed wood bears Sutter Health’s familiar cross-shaped logo along with the words, “Sutter Walk-In Care.”
Beginning next month, women will have access to a breast cancer screening technique in Marin that yields fewer false positives, reducing the anxiety of repeat exams.
The hospital said the new center will offer state-of-the-art mammography equipment capable of creating three-dimensional digital images of the breast tissue to help distinguish between abnormalities from cancer. (marinij.com)
Dignity Health Medical Foundation broke ground Tuesday for a three-story medical office building in Citrus Heights.
The 68,000-square-foot building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive will house 50 physicians providing primary and specialty care services, including allergy, behavioral health, dermatology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, ophthalmology, optometry, pain management, pediatrics and rheumatology, according to a Dignity Health news release. (Sacramento Bee)
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center announced it was named a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare.
In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. (The Reporter)
Construction on a state-of-the-art medical center is underway to provide much needed specialized healthcare to children in the Central Valley.
Valley Children’s Healthcare broke ground on May 20 on the site of its Pelandale Specialty Care Center. The 40,000-square-foot outpatient treatment center will treat children in the areas of pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric orthopaedics and more. (Central Valley Business Journal)
An unusual proposal to use the facilities of local hospitals as dispensaries for medical marijuana is slowly gaining momentum, but even advocates acknowledge it’s a longshot – because, among other reasons, cannabis is still against federal law.
“Let’s face it, there are going to be licensed dispensaries in Sonoma Valley, and there’s some already in Santa Rosa,” said Bill Boerum, a member of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board of directors. “Why shouldn’t the conventional health care providers do that?” (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
A team of scientists at IBM Research, in collaboration with scientists from Sacramento-based Sutter Health, recently completed research developing methods to help predict heart failure based on hidden clues in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Over the last three years, using the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) like natural language processing, machine learning and big data analytics, the team trained models to help predict heart failure. (Healthcare Informatics)
Kaiser Permanente members annually have more than 100 million encounters with company physicians, 52% of which are now virtual visits, Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson told a Nashville luncheon audience Friday.
That transition from physical to virtual visits has been enabled by Kaiser Permanente’s aggressive spending on information technology, Tyson said at a Nashville Health Care Council presentation.
Under a resolution adopted by the City Council, Roseville is voicing its support for Sutter Health’s Getting to Zero campaign, a regional effort to end chronic homelessness by aligning programs and resources around a low-or-no barrier approach to housing individuals experiencing homelessness. (Rocklin & Roseville Today)
Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, has been named to Time magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People.
At the helm of Kaiser, Mr. Tyson oversees one of the leading U.S. integrated healthcare providers and nonprofit health plans. Kaiser has annual operating revenues of nearly $65 billion and serves 11.7 million members in eight states and Washington, D.C. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital recently announced Jordan Wright accepted the position of hospital president, beginning April 23.
Wright has served as chief strategy officer for the Dignity Health North State Service Area since September 2013. In that role, he notably helped create the North State Quality Care Network, which provides a support system for physicians facing challenges in delivering high-quality health care with cost efficiency. The network has grown to 180 members. (Daily News)
Local doctors at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Health have begun using a new implantable diagnostic system for some of their cardiac patients, in hopes of reducing costly hospital admissions for heart failure, one of the major causes of death in the United States.
The first and only FDA-approved heart failure-monitoring system, CardioMEMS features a battery-free implant sensor that detects pulmonary blood irregularities and sends that data through wireless communications to Sutter heart specialists. (The Press Democrat)
There’s a new dog in town, but he isn’t your average pup! ‘Enloe’ the Labrador will soon be trained to sniff cancer.
“The early warning system, the dog’s ability to find it at this tiny, tiny stage because of their incredibly powerful nose really gives us a lot of possibility and hope,” explained Founder and CEO of the In Situ Foundation, Dina Zaphiris. (KRCR News 7)
Modesto-based E. & J. Gallo Winery is donating $500,000 to Valley Children’s Healthcare to support its expansion efforts in the North Valley, specifically the construction of the Pelandale Specialty Care Center in north Modesto.
Valley Children’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer Robert Saroyan said the children’s health care provider is appreciative of E. & J. Gallo’s support and generosity. (The Business Journal)
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital unveiled a $5 million emergency center exclusively for children Thursday, part of an aggressive vision to bolster pediatric healthcare throughout the region where there have been limited services.
When The Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency Services opens next month, it will be the only emergency room between Los Angeles and Madera dedicated to serving kids. (Bakersfield.com)
By its very nature, Kaiser Permanente is a beneficial and a giving organization. It provides gifts of care, time, money, expertise, free online information and other resources to improve the health of the communities it serves.
Kaiser’s total community investment exceeded $55 million last year, including charitable care, grants, donations and services. The organization’s Community Benefit Program is enhanced by the individual generosity of more than 4,500 North Bay employees. (North Bay Business Journal)
Adventist Health’s “new mission and direction for its brand” has been unveiled to more than 4,000 physicians, providers, employees and volunteers at meetings that started Tuesday and will end Thursday.
“Our new mission statement goes from sharing God’s love to living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope,” Andrea Kofl, president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network, said. “That’s important to us because we want to have our mission statement reflect what we are doing on a daily basis.” (The Sentinel)
Chapa-De Indian Health is honored to receive a $150,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente, which will work to expand Kaiser Permanente’s highly successful Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program by introducing Chapa-De to a new, long- term effort to assist those most at risk of heart attacks and strokes. (Rocklin & Roseville Today)
Two critical access hospitals in California have hired physicians under a new law that exempts the smallest and most remote hospitals from the state’s ban on corporate medicine.
Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills and Healdsburg District Hospital hired physicians in January under provisions of Assembly Bill 2024, which allows certain hospitals to hire physicians under a seven-year pilot program that began in January. (HealthLeaders Media)
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on Tuesday announced it has received a $50 million gift from philanthropists Gordon and Betty Moore to further fund a center that provides care and research for children with heart disease.
It is the largest private donation from an individual to the hospital since its original founding gift from David and Lucile Packard in 1986. The hospital, founded five years later, said the couple’s generosity will be honored by naming the center the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center. (The Mercury News)
About two years ago, Troy Fink, 48, weighed about 270 pounds, was lethargic and newly diagnosed as a Type II diabetic.
“The first thing my doctor said was ‘don’t eat flour or sugar and go see Dana,’” said Fink. What he learned and put into practice changed his life and his health for the better. (Monterey County Herald)
Telehealth use is growing but the question of whether the technology reduces costs and improves outcomes remains a point of contention.
Whereas the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of health plans and employers, researchers at University of California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients at a more basic level: transportation costs.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System announced that it has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for a fourth consecutive year (2014-2017) from Healthgrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas has been named to a list of Top Rural Hospitals of 2016.
Formerly known as Mark Twain Hospital and founded in 1951, the 25-bed, critical access facility provides inpatient acute care, outpatient services and emergency services.
Mark Twain Medical Center is operated by Dignity Health of San Francisco. Dignity Health bills itself as “the largest hospital provider in California” and “the fifth largest not-for-profit health health care system in the nation.” (The Union Democrat)
Alice Chen sees a steady stream of patients here, at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center – a massive medical campus that serves as the backbone of the health care delivery system for the city’s undocumented population and its poorest residents.
Kaiser Permanente has signed a ten-year lease in downtown Sacramento. Kaiser will occupy the entire fifth floor of a build on G Street. The 17,000 square foot space will be used as a mental health facility. (State of Reform)
The Spine Center at Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center recently combined the minimally invasive iFuse Implant System® procedure with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System to perform California’s first robot-assisted fusion of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, a common source of lower back pain. The goal of combining these two methods is to allow more accurate implant placement and enhanced patient safety. (PRNewswire)
Kelly Tyler’s next sacrifice in the name of helping children: Duct taping herself to a wall for cash.
“I may not be happy, but I’m going to do it with a – smile on my face?” Tyler says to a roomful of giggling children.
This stunt – selling pieces of duct tape to temporarily entrap Tyler on a wall – is just the latest quirky fundraiser dreamed up by her middle school leadership class at Sundale Elementary School to support Valley Children’s Hospital. (The Fresno Bee)
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is changing its name and launching a new mission.
As consumer expectations and the health care industry have changed and evolved, so has the hospital, officials announced March 6. Going forward, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake will be known as “Adventist Health Clear Lake.”
The hospital’s next chapter also includes an expanded mission statement and core values that support a vision of transforming the health experience, outcomes and status of the community. (North Bay Business Journal)
The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association have awarded the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers to Kern Medical.
The certification means Kern Medical complies with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. (23ABCNews Bakersfield)
Like hundreds of thousands of people in the North State, Kiyomi Bird vividly remembers how she spent the night of Feb. 12.
Bird, director for the Community Health and Sciences division of the Butte County Public Health Department, got word in the afternoon that public safety authorities might call for an evacuation south of Oroville Dam. With the main spillway and emergency spillway damaged, Lake Oroville had reached a critically high level that threatened flooding of low-lying areas. (Chico News & Review)
Stanford Health Care is preparing its latest addition to the East Bay — a new outpatient facility in Emeryville slated to open March 16.
The four-story, 90,000-square-foot facility will offer primary care; heart care; women’s health services; ear, nose and throat care, along with other specialists; and x-rays and imaging. (East Bay Times)
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