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)
Geared toward helping individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, a new urgent care facility is planned in West Sacramento.
A partnership between the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency and Sutter Health, the First Responders’ Mental Health Urgent Care will open its doors on April 4. The grand opening will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the site — 500 Jefferson Boulevard, Building B in West Sacramento. (Daily Democrat)
The staff of Sutter Davis Hospital say they work tirelessly to deliver top-rated, affordable healthcare — and for that commitment, Sutter Davis was named the Best Hospital in the annual Reader’s Choice Awards. (Davis Enterprise)
Bernard Tyson, the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health care provider and not-for-profit health plan that serves more than 12 million Americans, agreed that a large part of America’s mental health problem is that we don’t talk about the issue. “Most of us have [a mental health issue], or we’re one degree from it. It’s all around us, but nobody wants to talk about it.” (Fortune)
Sutter Health and Aetna Inc. have named a CEO to lead the companies’ joint health plan, Sutter | Aetna, which will serve Northern California employers starting next month.
Steve Wigginton, who was previously CEO of Chicago-based health care IT and consulting company Valence Health, will join Sutter | Aetna immediately, Sacramento-based Sutter Health said in a news release. (Sacramento Business Journal)
The California attorney general’s office has approved an affiliation agreement between Marysville-based Rideout Health and Roseville-based Adventist Health, providing one of the final regulatory approvals needed for the deal to move forward. (Sacramento Business Journal)
In the past, if a person had a stroke while asleep, or far from a top medical facility like Stanford, they were at a disadvantage. Doctors often wouldn’t initiate any treatment, believing damage to the patient’s brain had already been done. (Scope)
Two Monterey County clinics expanding access to critical care for patients from childhood to adulthood will mark their official openings on the Natividad Medical Center campus in Salinas this week. (Monterey Herald)
Mee Memorial Hospital has received a $2.5 million grant from the Central California Alliance for Health that will go toward the expansion of the hospital’s outpatient clinic in Greenfield.
“We are honored to have been awarded this grant from Central California Alliance for Health,” said Susan Childers, CEO of Mee Memorial Hospital, in a news release. “With the new grant, Mee Memorial will be better able to support local efforts to coordinate care and provide better outcomes for patients throughout our community.” (Greenfield News)
Families on Medi-Cal can now receive free genomic testing to diagnose rare genetic disorders at UC Davis Medical Center, according to an announcement Thursday.
“Children with rare genetic disorders that come to our clinic and many times they don’t have an answer,” said Dr. Suma Shankar, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Precision Genomics Clinic at UC Davis. (The genomic testing) helps us come to a definite diagnosis.” (The Sacramento Bee)
Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital has awarded a $82,717 community grant to two collaborative proposals that will help people in mental health crises and families at risk in Yolo County. (Enterprise)
Twenty-two California hospitals received Healthgrades’ “America’s Best Hospitals Award” for 2018. Ten hospitals that received the award were in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the country and the others were in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the country. Among the recipients – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland. (Piedmont Patch)
The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) has announced that Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital was one of 111 hospitals in California who surpassed a federal target aimed at reducing Cesarean births (C-Sections) for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. This achievement marks the second-consecutive year Sierra Nevada Memorial made the honor roll based on 2015 and 2016 discharge data. (YubaNet.com)
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. (Sutter Health)
Marin General Hospital has once again been recognized for its low cesarean section delivery rates.
The Greenbrae-based hospital earned a Smart Care California Award and was named to the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Hospital C-Section Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. The Honor Roll represents 111 California birthing hospitals that achieved low C-Section deliver rates. (San Rafael Patch)
Sonoma Valley Hospital is set to sign an affiliation agreement with UCSF Health. The hospital’s board approved the agreement at its Thursday meeting while UCSF’s board is expected to approve the agreement at its March meeting.
“I believe this is going to take Sonoma Valley Hospital to the next level,” said Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
San Joaquin General Hospital is now part of the ever-growing list of area hospitals using robotic surgery to enhance patient care.
Recently, the county hospital acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which offers a variety of surgical uses and is minimally invasive. The system also allows for shorter recovery and less scarring. (Central Valley Business Journal)
Congratulations are in order. Marshall Medical Center was recently given a 5-star rating – the highest possible – by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Overall Hospital Quality. Marshall was the only hospital in the region (from the North State to the Central Valley and to the Sierras) to receive five stars. Marshall ranks among the top 7% of hospitals in California for Overall Hospital Quality. (Mountain Democrat)
A $105.8-million donation to Montage Health, the local nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, was announced Tuesday during an event at Monterey Conference Center. (KSBW8)
The UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides physicians and patients real-time remote consultation and evaluation through interactive, high-definition video and audio communication. This enhanced video technology allows UC Davis to offer around the clock 24/7 expertise to Orchard Hospital health-care providers, without the need to transfer a patient to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. (Gridley Herald)
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