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.
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)
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.
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
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.
Hospital bacteria, watch out. Incredibly efficient germ zapping
robots are winning the fight against deadly hospital acquired
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
“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
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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