Nearly 16 months ago a handful of people stood atop the three-story parking garage at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa hospital, awestruck as they witnessed flames from the Tubbs fire destroy their trailers at Journey’s End mobile home park. (The Press Democrat)
Sitting in a living room in Oakland, a cute robot with giant eyes gazes at a 65-year-old with heart failure and asks how he’s doing, making conversation about the patient’s family and the weather while gathering daily details about his health. (Fast Company)
Marin General Hospital has deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) to boost the hand-hygiene rate among its 1,800 health-care workers and physicians. Since the system was taken live, the facility’s hand-hygiene compliance has increased, on average, from 45 percent to 77 percent. The hospital has achieved a reduction in the rate of infections since the system was installed, and while it can’t necessarily correlate those results with the technology itself, that reduction in infections rates was the facility’s goal.
Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health sealed the deal Friday on their prolonged courtship that lasted more than two years, according to the new system’s website.
The Chicago-based not-for-profit system—now known as CommonSpirit Health—has 142 hospitals, 150,000 employees, nearly $30 billion in revenue and more than 700 care sites across 21 states, including 30 hospitals in California. (Modern Healthcare)
Doctors Behavioral Health Center is now offering a new comprehensive, short-term outpatient therapy program for patients dealing with mental health issues.
The Partial Hospitalization Program helps patients whose psychiatric illness is impairing their ability to function successfully in their lives, and where traditional outpatient therapy services are not sufficient to meet their needs. Patients can access a variety of therapies and educational groups to understand their emotional challenges and improve their coping skills. (PattersonIrrigator.com)
The acceptability, safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Meru Health’s digital therapeutic for depression will be evaluated in a new two-year investigation conducted by Stanford Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System researchers.
According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing, the research program will enroll older adults aged at least 40 years with depressive symptoms in two studies. (mobihealthnews)
In a county where two Hospitals rank among its largest employers, there’s a steady demand for registered nurses – and for training the next generation. The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College is a joint effort between the community college and Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula meant to provide a nursing program students can easily access. (Monterey County Weekly)
Salinas husband and father Jose Serrano, 55, didn’t pay much attention when his doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes in 2017. He didn’t feel any symptoms so he ignored the warning. He kept drinking three sodas a day, eating tortillas and enjoying sugary treats.
Then last September the warning bells started loudly ringing when chest pains landed him in the hospital. (Monterey County Weekly)
Like many health systems, Kaiser Permanente, though admittedly a multibillion dollar organization, faces challenges when faced with the complex duality of both living within their means and delivering the best possible care and meaningful services. They use the dollars they get to provide that care and keep the lights on so to speak, and it all comes from the same “pot.” (HealthcareFinance)
Mark Twain Medical Center (MTMC) is proud to award Catholic Charities (of the Diocese of Stockton) for their Calaveras focused “Family Wellness Program” the Dignity Heath Mark Twain Medical Center Community Grant for 2018. “This expansion will increase mental health service providers in Calaveras County, increase access points, and available appointments within the service area,” remarked Elvira Ramirez, Executive Director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton.
Adventist Health and Rideout experienced a year of growth in 2018. The hospital will build off of its successes as it looks to expand its facilities around Yuba-Sutter.
Rick Rawson, president of Adventist Health and Rideout, said details as to what an expansion could look like still need to be fleshed out, which will likely take place over the next several months. He said the ultimate goal is to increase access to services for Yuba-Sutter residents, not just people living in Marysville. (Appeal-Democrat)
It’s a step in a new direction for the health of Salinas residents now that the Blue Zones Project is officially coming to town.
The project is a national health initiative based on the health habits of people in the world’s “Blue Zones,” those areas where people live longer than average with good quality of life. (Monterey County Weekly)
Anne Platt, the CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, is leaving her post after 14 years.
Sacramento-based Sutter Health first acquired the hospital from Amador County in 1993, and rebuilt the facility in 2000. The 52-bed hospital is the only one in Amador County. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Facing an end-of-the-year deadline to have all patients moved out of its 87-year-old Depression-era Towers Building, San Joaquin General Hospital is anticipating the opening this summer of its new $41 million Acute Care Patient Wing.
Construction began in 2017 just south of the county-run medical center’s main entrance and is about 90 percent complete, according to David Culberson, the hospital’s chief executive officer. (Recordnet.com)
Delano Regional Medical Center has agreed to become part of Adventist Health Central California, pending regulatory approval.
The move announced Friday would fold 156-bed Delano Regional, operated by Central California Foundation for Health since 1992, into a much larger nonprofit organization with hospitals, clinics and other resources in 80 communities across the West Coast and Hawaii. (Bakersfield.com)
Stanford Children’s Health plans to provide approximately 2,500 telehealth appointments — in which patients and their families can use devices such as cellphones and tablets to see Stanford Medicine physicians remotely — in 2019, making a more than twofold increase in use of the service. (The Stanford Daily)
Natividad hospital officially marked the start of what they are calling the largest capital project since the $116 million hospital was built in the late 1990s, an $18.37 million radiology department modernization that they say will offer “state-of-the-art” technology for the county-owned hospital. (Monterey Herald)
The Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH) Women’s Center opened five years ago this December, with the goal of combining modern technology and comfort. In 2019, the Women’s Center is expected to begin digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for breast cancer screening and bring aboard a new pediatric hospitalist group, to advance the women’s healthcare services. (Benito Link)
While San Francisco’s list of 10 largest employers is dominated by tech, across the bay in Oakland it’s all about health. The city’s top three employers are Kaiser Permanente (No. 1), Sutter Health (No. 2), and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (No. 3). Together, these health care giants employ about 19,000 people in Oakland and more than 85,000 people in the Bay Area (Kaiser and Sutter rank third and fourth, respectively, on San Francisco’s 10 largest employers). (San Francisco Business Times)
As the Paradise, California community slowly begins to heal following the apocalyptic devastation of the Camp wildfire last month, Adventist Health celebrated the reopening of its Feather River Health Center clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. The town’s mayor, chamber of commerce and numerous community members were in attendance. The reopening came after road access to that portion of Skyway, a major conduit in and out of the town, was reopened by officials. (Healthcare Finance)
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has received a $15 million gift from Lynne and Marc Benioff to address a shortage of mental health services for children and adolescents in Oakland and the East Bay.
The $15 million gift, announced Tuesday by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, is intended to enable the Oakland hospital to increase its mental health services, heighten awareness and encourage philanthropy. (East Bay Times)
In support of a partnership that has spanned 10 years, John Muir Health is making a holiday contribution of $35,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The funding will support the Food Bank’s Community Produce Program, which distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 50 sites throughout Contra Costa and Solano counties twice a month. (John Muir Health)
A healthcare provider who integrates digital therapeutics with a chronic care management program for asthma patients can cut ER visits and hospitalizations in half, according to a study undertaken by one of the nation’s largest health systems.
Adventist Health announced Dec. 7 its decision to align strategies between Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and Adventist Health Howard Memorial under a unified leadership team led by Jason Wells, who will assume the role as President over both campuses effective Jan. 7, 2019. (The Willits News)
A spokesperson for the Feather River Hospital said on Friday that the hospital reopening was a matter of when, not if.
This comes two days after the word was that the hospital may not reopen, as damage from the Camp Fire continues to be assessed. The hospital is the largest employer in Paradise, with over 1,000 full-time and part-time employees. (Enterprise-Record)
Kaiser Permanente filed plans Nov. 20 to expand the emergency department at its South Sacramento hospital, and if you’re looking for a reason why, consider that the number of Medi-Cal enrollees who sought care there more than doubled between 2012 and 2017. (EN Digest)
Plumas District Hospital has a new chief executive officer: JoDee Tittle.
Valerie Flanigan, the president of the hospital’s board, made the announcement Sept. 28. Tittle will succeed Dr. Jeff Kepple who is retiring from the position Oct. 23. The new CEO is expected to begin work after Thanksgiving. (Plumas County News)
Adventist Health Clear Lake celebrates the hospital’s 50th year with the award of three national honors of distinction for quality care.
The California Alliance for Collaborative Nursing, or CALNOC, Performance Excellence Award, the Quest Premier High Value Healthcare Award, and SMARTCARE California Achievement Award. (Lake County News)
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)
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)
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