More than 30 hospitals across California, many in rural areas, will soon be able to treat patients for opioid withdrawal on the spot.
The state chose the hospitals for a federally-funded program that trains doctors on medication-assisted treatment. It’s a way of easing opioid withdrawal symptoms by giving someone a less addictive painkiller. (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)
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)
Late last week, Placerville-based Marshall Medical Center launched its new electronic medical records system after investing $20 million in the initiative.
The new system, which uses a medical record software called Epic, will create a central database for the health system’s hospital, clinical and home health divisions. Previously, these three divisions had separate electronic medical records systems. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Marshall Medical Center’s efforts to reconfigure and upgrade its cancer center in Cameron Park got a $800,000 boost Tuesday from El Dorado County.
The county Board of Supervisors approved the grant as a way to expand cancer treatment services for county residents, bring new jobs to the area and attract employers who evaluate potential locations partly on availability of medical services. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Marshall Medical Center is in a final fundraising effort for an $8 million project to reconfigure and upgrade its cancer center in Cameron Park.
The project will provide state-of-the-art cancer services in a consolidated location so fragile patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy won’t have far to go for treatment. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Five area medical facilities were recognized as being among the nation’s top performers in improving care in key areas in 2012. The Joint Commission, the leading accrediting agency for heath care organizations and programs in the U.S., recognizes facilities for top performance in using clinical guidelines shown to improve care in categories that include heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, or inpatient psychiatric services. (Sacramento Business Journal 11/1/13)
Marshall Medical Center in Placerville and Sutter Medical Center Sacramento have been selected by federal health officials to test bundled payments that pay for an entire episode of care rather than test by test, treatment by treatment.
Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the new approach hopes to improve coordination of care and cut costs for Medicare, the federal health care program for seniors. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal 2/4/13)
The only independent hospital in the Sacramento region is poised to open a $54 million emergency services and maternity care wing as soon as state regulators sign off on the project.
A second phase will build out and equip shell space at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville for a kitchen and cafeteria, a 12-bed intensive-care unit and a 36-bed telemetry unit. Those additions will bring the total tab to $80 million or more. (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal)
The $70 million south wing of Marshall Medical Center in Placerville won’t officially open for business for four to six weeks, but this Saturday you can be among the first to see its new birthing center and emergency room.
After four years of construction and many more years of planning, chief executive James Whipple said, the two units now can offer patients greater privacy and units designed around their needs. (Anderson, Sacramento Bee 9/11/12)
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