Annually on the third Thursday of November, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health leads National Rural Health Day, an annual day of recognition for those who serve the vital health needs of nearly 60 million people residing in America’s rural communities, estimated to be one in five Americans.
We are pleased to announce the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Infusion Center has been recognized as a “Community Star” this 2018 National Rural Health Day for its quality and individualized care in our community. (The Ukiah Daily Journal)
Telemedicine has resulted in money-saving efficiencies to hospital operations, improved patient safety, and given more people access to healthcare service among other benefits. In use for a number of years, it’s here to stay as a vital tool in patient care. At Marin General Hospital, we have been incorporating telemedicine into our patient care operations for some time. (HIT Consultant)
The Paradise hospital where she has worked as a nurse for more than a decade was damaged by the Camp Fire last Thursday and her home burned to the ground, but Birgitte Randall and her colleagues weren’t in the mood to feel sorry for themselves.
Within days, they were part of a growing team of medical personnel and volunteers who flooded into the East Ave Nazarene Church in Chico, setting up a medical triage unit and shelter for hundreds of refugees from the blaze. (The Sacramento Bee)
Adventist Health Ukiah Valley President and longtime executive Gwen Matthews has announced her intent to retire at the beginning of 2019. Matthews is a 45-year veteran of healthcare, the last 25 with Adventist Health. She has held the role of CEO and president of Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, formerly known as Ukiah Valley Medical Center, for over seven years. (The Ukiah Daily Journal)
A trio of wildfires has devoured tens of thousands of acres and numerous structures throughout California, killing at least 29 people as of Monday morning. In Northern California, the Camp fire damaged Adventist Health Feather River Hospital in the town of Paradise. The town has been leveled by the Camp Fire, according to news reports. Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies helped evacuate patients as the roof burned, according to CBS San Francisco. (HealthcareFinance)
Many of us have watched in horror as wildfires have viciously engulfed both Northern and Southern California. As of today, CNN has reported that a quarter of a million people have been displaced from their homes statewide and 9 people have lost their lives.
But Tamara Ferguson, a labor and delivery nurse from Chico, CA, part of Butte County, where so far, over 90,000 acres have burned and 52,000 people have been evacuated, didn’t just hear about the fires — she lived through them. (nurse.org)
Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital is five-star rated for hip fracture treatment and treatment of sepsis, according to a study released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. (Daily Democrat)
It is often said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In South Lake Tahoe, the same could be said about keeping kids healthy. October is National Farm to School Month, and in South Lake Tahoe, the UC Cooperative Extension CalFresh nutrition education program has partnered with Barton Health and Lake Tahoe Unified School District to implement Harvest of the Month, a statewide initiative that motivates students to make healthier choices and brings fresh, in season produce to all South Lake Tahoe elementary schools. (SouthTahoeNOW.com)
Urgent Matters and the Gary and Mary West Health Institute recently announced the winners of their 2018 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, and Adventist Health and Rideout received honorable mention. (Appeal-Democrat)
When Lizneidy Serratos’ mother took her to the hospital at 1 a.m. on August 4th, she thought wildfire smoke near the family’s Reno home was causing the 12-year-old’s struggle to breathe. But after a series of tests, doctors said Lizneidy’s heart was failing. (Cision PR Newswire)
People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent. (Sutter Health News)
UCSF Health and John Muir Health have signed a letter of intent to develop a cancer network designed to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients throughout the East Bay. The joint East Bay Cancer Network will include development of distinguished disease-specific treatment capabilities, expanded clinical trial enrollment, and precision medicine offerings. (UCSF)
Chief operating officer Brad Simmons is taking the reins as interim CEO of the UC Davis Medical Center as the health system recruits for a new chief executive, UC Davis Health said Tuesday morning. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Being homeless can be like living in a third world country, or in an earlier century. Nowhere is this more true than with medicine.
This is the main reason behind volunteers from Vallejo Together, Touro University, and Kaiser Permanente Vallejo building a mobile medical unit — set to launch this weekend — to serve Vallejo’s homeless population. (Times-Herald)
Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), Sutter Health and Dignity Health have announced a partnership for a pilot program that will provide respite care for those experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to rest and recover after being discharged from the hospital. (Sutter Health)
The Kern County Board of Supervisorson Tuesday decided to examine a proposed fee that drew opposition from hospitals.
Kern County Public Health is asking hospitals to pay a fee that would reimburse the county for the work and resources Public Health expends on checking that the hospitals meet the criteria as a designated ambulance destination. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
Barton Health was recently awarded five “Best Performance” awards for nursing care by the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC). They recognized Barton’s excellence in providing safe, high quality health care with zero instances of hospital-acquired pressure injuries and infections patients can develop while hospitalized. (SouthTahoeNOW.com)
Mee Memorial Hospital celebrated the groundbreaking of its multi-million-dollar Greenfield Clinic expansion project last Wednesday, with construction now underway at the health center. (Greenfield News)
In 2017, San Diego was hit with a hepatitis A epidemic that killed 20 and infected 600 people, many of whom were homeless. Mass vaccinations were issued and the city had to face its growing homelessness crisis head-on before the epidemic spread even more. In San Francisco, where rents average about $3,700, growing encampments and a lack of shelter beds could push the city to the brink of a similar healthcare crisis. Unsanitary conditions can lead to a rapid spread of hepatitis A and other health maladies. (Bisnow)
A major Central Coast hospital has been turning to technology in the operating room.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo held an event Wednesday allowing community members to get an inside look at how robotic-assisted surgery works and differs from traditional surgery. (KSBY 6)
El Camino Hospital’s After-School Program for Interventions and Resiliency Education® (ASPIRE) program has developed a consortium with CHOC Children’s, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and Mission Hospital to expand the availability of teen mental health services in California. The intensive outpatient therapy program, now in its eighth year, is designed for young people ages 13-18 with significant anxiety or depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition. (Business Wire)
San Francisco-based California Pacific Medical Center Mission Bernal, part of the Sacramento, Calif-based Sutter Health system, has opened its doors to patients. The hospital replaces the aging St. Luke’s Campus in San Francisco. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
The area around Clovis Community Medical Center is going to see construction once again, as Community Medical Centers plans a $65 million skilled nursing facility just south of the hospital.
The project will be built on about 8 acres of the southeast corner of Herndon and Coventry avenues. It will have 150 beds and is designed for patients who need extended medical care, including rehabilitation services, from nurses and doctors. (The Fresno Bee)
Garden Pathways announced an effort Monday to take a deep look at homelessness at least, in one specific part of Bakersfield.
The local nonprofit headed by Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh is beginning a pilot program with the intention of studying the reasons behind homelessness, and why some parts of the city seem to attract homeless people.
Garden Pathways has found a willing partner in Dignity Health, which will provide $100,000 for what the organizations call the Homeless Outreach and Intervention Pilot. (Bakersfield.com)
So far, the opioid crisis hasn’t hit California as badly as many Eastern and Midwestern states. But with deadly synthetic fentanyl spreading there, Highland Hospital in Oakland is trying a new way of getting addicted patients into treatment. Those who come to its emergency room in withdrawal or with another medical problem are offered an initial dose of buprenorphine, a medication that staves off withdrawal symptoms and cravings. (New York Times)
Woodworking, welding and auto mechanics classes once offered students a hands on education with a path to jobs straight out of high school.
Traditional vocational education is a thing of the past, now being replaced with Career Technical Pathways which not only prepares students for skilled trade jobs but can lead to higher paying jobs and better opportunities for a higher education out of high school. (Sierra Sun)
Feeding America is a national organization that feeds more than 46 million people each year. Tuesday morning, the organization packed a large truckload of food, and drove it from the Bay Area to Shasta County.
Dignity Health Connected Living was there to unpack the boxes, and distribute them to people who have been impacted by the Carr Fire. (Action News Now)
Going back to school can be an exciting but also stressful time for families who can’t afford new school supplies. Thanks to generous donations from Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital employees, nearly 100 local children received new backpacks filled with supplies for the start of a new school year as part of Operation Backpack. (Roseville Today)
It’s a warm summer day in Sacramento and Amanda Buccina, a registered nurse, has just arrived at Johnston Park to see her second patient of the day. Brian is a 68-year-old man diagnosed with leukemia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Although he worked his entire life, Brian’s health conditions caused him to lose both his job and ability to pay rent.
What does investing in community health mean? Investment can mean so many things, but at Kaiser Permanente it means utilizing a Kaiser Permanente asset, whether that be intellectual property in the form of evidence-based best practices or a financial investment such as grants.
The intention is to use the assets to improve the health of our community. We know we cannot accomplish this without establishing strong partnerships with other organizations in the community. (Bakersfield.com)
Bryan Bucklew, President and CEO of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association in Dayton, Ohio, has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. (Business Insider)
A symposium held last week regarding active shooters at hospitals had been planned for months, but became especially relevant following a false alarm early this month at Mercy Hospital Southwest in which someone reported an active shooter. (Bakersfield.com)
In recent years, the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society has turned its focus to caring for caregivers.
The medical society, one of the oldest medical societies in the west, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, is attempting to curb the effects of physician burnout through its Joy of Medicine program. (The Sacramento Bee)
If you live in northwest Visalia, today is a good day to get sick.
A year after construction work began to give Visalia residents another option when needing medical attention, Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s second Urgent Care center is now open for business. (Visalia Times Delta)
The Sacramento health care sector has grown by 23 percent in the last four years, the highest growth rate of any economic sector except construction, according to numbers from the state Employment Development Department. Using statistics gathered by The Business Journals, here are the eight largest health care employers in the region, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties. The top eight employed nearly 60,000. (The Sacramento Bee)
University of California Davis unveiled plans for its up-and-coming Sacramento campus, Aggie Square, starting with a $60 million rehabilitation hospital.
The university is partnering with Kindred Healthcare Inc., a Louisville, Kentucky-based company that oversees 22 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals around the nation, to build the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital.
Eugene Patrizio has taken the helm as the new chief executive of Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
He prefers that people call him “Gino.”
Patrizio’s first day on the job was Monday. “Gino is a dynamic leader with a distinguished healthcare career who has long been an advocate for patient care excellence,” said Grant Davies, president of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Hospitals. Memorial is affiliated with Sutter Health of Sacramento. (The Modesto Bee)
At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, many families have benefited from the Children’s Surgery Center. Since being certified as the west coast’s first Level 1 surgical center in 2016, it’s been at the region’s best bet for children undergoing a medical crisis. Now, it’s about to get better. (abc10)
Marin General Hospital has received the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2018 Lantern Award. The local hospital was one of 19 hospitals nationwide recognized for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. (San Rafael Patch)
The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC) recently announced that Adventist Health Sonora is being recognized with Performance Excellence Awards for Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers and Best Performance in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections – MRSA Total Facility. (Calaveras Enterprise)
More North Bay patients can skip doctor’s office visits to get medical care.
Local health care giants Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and St. Joseph Health have launched online services allowing patients to consult with medical providers by cellphones and other mobile devices.
The move is part of a larger health care industry shift aimed at connecting patients with health care professionals faster and more efficiently, even if it’s on a 5-inch screen. (The Press Democrat)
The inaugural class of Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Family Medicine Residency program is underway, launching this month with six medical students who will rotate through the program and graduate in 2021. (North Bay Business Journal)
With the dangerous outcomes of untreated mental health conditions dominating the national conversation, area health care providers are stepping up efforts to treat and prevent mental illness. (NorthBay Business Journal)
The city of Roseville, Calif., anticipates a job boom as healthcare giants Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health and Sutter Health expand in the area, reports The Sacramento Bee.
The area is expected to see about 1,200 more jobs over several years resulting from the projects.
“We are expecting a significant, 11 percent job growth over the next five years, and these expansions play into that,” Laura Matteoli, the city’s acting economic development director, told the publication. (Becker’s Hospital Review)
The Solano Coalition for Better Health, the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club and Dixon Family Services were just some of the Solano County nonprofit organizations that recently received grant funding from Kaiser Permanente.
Kaiser is awarding a total of $956,459 in grants to 38 nonprofit organizations that improve the health of under-served communities in Solano and Napa counties. (The Reporter News)
Valley Children’s Hospital has achieved verification as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), highlighting its quality of care for injured patients throughout Central California. It is the only pediatric trauma center in the region. (The Madera Tribune)
Doctors and medical technicians will be able to quickly and securely access the medical records of 2.6 million patients in Northern California following the formation of what becomes the geographically largest and fastest growing Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the state. (Cision)
Leaders of Sacramento’s Sutter Medical Center will dedicate their new chapel on Thursday, adding a space that chaplains said they hope will be valued as a space for renewal and contemplation for employees, patients and their loved ones. (The Sacramento Bee)
Stroke victims in San Luis Obispo County have a better chance at survival thanks to a new team of specialists at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center who can provide advanced care without airlifting patients out of the county. (The Tribune)
The $90 million Berkeley Outpatient Center – a joint venture between John Muir Health and UCSF Health – is opening this month as part of the group’s efforts to build out capacity in the East Bay in the face of increasing competition from new disruptors and traditional business rivals. (San Francisco Business Times)
Voters in Calaveras County are in favor of their local hospital and its clinics entering a new 30-year lease with Dignity Health, the fifth-largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. (The Union Democrat)
Doctors say transportation can be a major barrier between patients and their health care. It’s especially difficult for those who live in rural areas, don’t own a car or can’t afford gas.
Hospitals are increasingly trying out rides-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber to get patients to appointments. A new UC Davis pilot program funded by the Children’s Miracle Network will cover the cost of a Lyft for expectant parents. (Capital Public Radio)
The number of Americans who will die of drug overdose this year is projected to surpass the casualties from the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, according to Dr. Jeremy Ernst at Marshall Medical Center, who said about two-thirds of those deaths will be opioid-abuse related. (Mountain Democrat)
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kaiser Permanente’s Downtown Commons Medical Offices, the health giant’s leaders and public officials touted the facility Friday morning as a cornerstone of the downtown revitalization and a catalyzing force for the local economy.
The Solano Family Justice Center and First 5 Solano are among several organizations to recently receive grants to support education and outreach to help reduce stigma around mental illness, Kaiser Permanente officials announced.
A newly established system that aims to hasten diagnosis and treatment for stroke sufferers in San Joaquin County took effect this month, an event worthy of a “wonderful celebration,” according to Mary Nicholson, an advocate for stroke survivors.
Kaiser Permanente announced a $2 million investment to support community organizations in their work to reduce the stigma around mental illness. Twenty-five Northern California organizations were awarded community health grants, including school districts, youth and family services, and community coalitions that bring together a variety of stakeholders and agencies to serve people that historically shy away from getting mental health services. (Kaiser Permanente)
It’s heartbreaking to see children in poor health, and hospitals around the country recognize that those children are often afraid in difficult situations. Several hospitals are trying to relieve some of that stress for child patients by letting them drive themselves to the operating room in their own remote control cars. (The NewsWheel)
The city’s controversial homeless triage shelter on Railroad Drive will remain open for at least three more months and possibly longer, thanks to financial contributions from Sutter Health and a private foundation, Mayor Darrell Steinberg told The Bee on Monday. (The Sacramento Bee)
Kaiser Permanente is joining forces with the mayors of some of the country’s largest cities to combat homelessness and housing insecurity.
The health system will invest $200 million in initiatives to improve access to affordable housing through a partnership with Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, it announced on Friday. Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson said at a press briefing that the investment reflects Kaiser’s commitment to promoting total person and community health. (Fierce Healthcare)
Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This distinction recognizes Sequoia Hospital as among the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. (Redwood City Patch)
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship Sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being. (Newton County Times.com)
The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and many community partners will conduct a full-scale airport emergency response exercise from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, May 10. The purpose of the disaster exercise is to test and evaluate the preparedness and capabilities of the airport and local response agencies. (Paso Robles Daily News)
Sonoma Valley Hospital has been recognized for its environmentally-friendly and sustainability practices by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization promoting environmental stewardship and best practices in the healthcare industry. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky say their road to recovery took a dramatic turn when “Rescue,” their service dog, came into their lives. They’re now sharing their journey of struggle and success with children at Shriners Children’s Hospital to show them they’re not alone in their fight. (13 CBS Sacramento)
Last week, a bill that would dismantle California’s health care delivery system as we know it was introduced in the Legislature. Assembly Bill 3087 would penalize millions of patients through massive cuts in services and result in as many as 175,000 hospital workers losing their jobs. (The Sacramento Bee)
Jordan Herget, a health-care executive with more than 13 years of senior leadership experience in multiple health systems, has been named senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville service area. (Rocklin & Roseville Today)
Valley Children’s Healthcare is on a land-buying spree.
The Madera County-based pediatric health system has bought 4.4 acres at Herndon Avenue and First Street in Fresno for a 50,000-60,000-square-foot specialty clinic, hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda said Tuesday. (The Fresno Bee)
Marin General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco are in the process of finalizing a new, 10-year strategic alliance that could result in UCSF investing millions of dollars in Marin General over the next decade. (marinij.com)
Youth who end up in the hospital after being shot, stabbed or beaten receive medical care — but they don’t always get the resources they need to cope with trauma.
At the UC Davis Medical Center, violence intervention specialists Esmeralda Huerta and Chevist Johnson are determined to intervene. “We send back youth to the community who have no follow up care, no one to talk to, no way of recovering,” Huerta said. “That’s not our goal.” (Capital Public Radio)
In addition to Kaiser Permanente’s normal corporate giving through its Community Benefit Program, the organization enlisted the resources of its Northern California Program to help rebuild and heal communities burned in October. (North Bay Business Journal)
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