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)
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.
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)
Marin General Hospital is a proud partner of Year Up Bay Area, a non-profit organization that provides urban youth adults with the skills, experience, and support to empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education. (Larkspur Patch)
Hospital bacteria, watch out. Incredibly efficient germ zapping robots are winning the fight against deadly hospital acquired infections.
Used at Marin General Hospital and Sonoma Valley Hospital in the North Bay, the Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots disinfect a room’s surfaces using ultraviolet light hundreds of times more intense than sunlight. The light flashes like a strobe in a 14-foot bubble bathing everything in its path, including difficult surfaces like bedrails and light switches, killing 99.9 percent of bacteria. (The North Bay Business Journal)
Aiming to improve safety at Marin General Hospital, managers there have turned to consultants who advise high-risk industries such as nuclear power and the airlines.
Healthcare Performance Improvement, a Virginia-based consulting firm, was hired three years ago at a cost of about $100,000 annually. Marin General CEO Lee Domanico said the investment has paid dividends.
“We have reduced our serious patient safety events by about 80 percent,” Domanico said. (marinij.com)
The Marin Healthcare District’s board of directors, which runs Marin General Hospital, has voted to put a $394 million bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot to fund the rebuilding of the Greenbrae hospital. (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times)
Marin’s biggest hospital may go to the ballot box in November for $350 million in bonds to rebuild and modernize its Greenbrae campus, although a final decision has yet to be made on that.
Marin General Hospital plans to ask district voters to approve a $350 million bond issue on Nov. 5, even though it now has an extra decade to complete a planned $500 million seismic rebuild and modernization project. (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times 4/17/13)
Marin General Hospital has forged its second strategic alliance with another publicly operated Northern California hospital.
The Palm Drive Healthcare District board voted unanimously Monday night to approve an affiliation agreement with Marin General Hospital. The Palm Drive Healthcare District board oversees the operation of the 37-bed Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, just as the publicly elected Marin Healthcare District board oversees the 235-bed Marin General.
In 2007, Dr. Harry Neuwirth, a Greenbrae urologist, circulated a petition among Marin doctors and nurses calling for the sale or lease of Marin General Hospital.
“We have no confidence that the district can manage, or oversee the management of a successful community hospital,” the petition stated. There were predictions that doctors and nurses would abandon the hospital in droves if the hospital returned to Marin Healthcare District control.
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