Soon it will be even easier to see a doctor at the hospital clinics. Dr. Jeff Kepple, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said that he and the leadership team are working on a “prompt care program” that would provide same day service to patients. “To an extent we are already doing that with our express visits, but we want to take it up a notch,” he said. (Plumas County News)
Paradise’s Adventist Health Feather River was recently named as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award means that Adventist Health Feather River is in the top 8 percent of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services. (paradisepost.com)
Cancer patients treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs are less likely to receive excessive end-of-life interventions than those treated through Medicare, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. (EurekaAlert!)
Verity Health System, a nonprofit healthcare organization, today announced the appointment of Mark S. Fratzke, DNP, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Seton Medical Center and Seton Coastside, both parts of Verity Health. The dual health care centers serve patients and communities in San Francisco and northern San Mateo Country. (Business Wire)
Glenn Medical Center has been at its location on West Sycamore Street since 1949, but there’s been several times that they’ve almost had to close their doors. But now under new management, that won’t be the case. (Action News Now)
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)
Saint Louise Regional Hospital’s new chief medical officer wants to see the Gilroy-based 93-bed medical center grow, incorporate cutting edge technologies and focus on the newest cancer treatments.
Dr. Arthur Douville takes over the helm of the South Valley hospital, as well as San Jose’s O’Connor Hospital on Jan. 2. The sister hospitals are owned by Redwood City’s Verity Health Systems, which was formerly Daughters of Charity Health System, and owns four hospitals in Northern California and two in Southern California. (The Morgan Hill Times)
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.
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