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)
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.
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)
Finally, there is broad public recognition and a nationwide call to action to fix the deadly opioid epidemic.
Matters surrounding it are complex and expand outside of healthcare to several socioeconomic issues, and many sectors of our society need to come together to address the root causes. However, healthcare leaders have a unique leadership role to play, and we must consider the following questions. (Managed Healthcare Executive)
After almost three years of planning, the San Joaquin General Hospital will finally break ground on its new 34,000-square-foot acute care wing on March 10.
The new two-story annex will be constructed to the south and connect directly to the main hospital. It will feature a fully modernized 23-bed neonatal intensive care unit. The second floor will contain 20 upgraded medical/surgical beds and will accommodate patients in private rooms. (Lodi News-Sentinel)
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-0 to approve a $37.3 million contract with Cerner Corporation of Kansas City for a new health information system at San Joaquin General Hospital.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer David Culberson said system installation is expected to begin in February with it targeted to be online by summer 2017. (Stockton Record)
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to disband a temporary advisory board overseeing San Joaquin General Hospital.
The county had high hopes for the group of experts and officials assembled in 2010 to help guide the financially struggling San Joaquin General Hospital into a successful future.
And the expertise brought by the interim board of trustees did help guide the hospital as it emerged from financial troubles that at one time had officials questioning whether to keep the hospital open, officials said on Tuesday. (Stockton Record)
The temporary board overseeing San Joaquin General Hospital met for the first time Wednesday since the county Board of Supervisors extended the panel’s life an additional six months, into March.
Created in 2010 to improve the county hospital and make it more financially viable, the interim Board of Trustees brought together health care experts from inside and outside county government. (Johnson, Stockton Record 10/21/13)
A surge of local residents suffering severe diarrhea and abdominal pain began arriving last October at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, puzzling the emergency room staff that examined them.
Tests revealed that they were afflicted with Clostridium difficile, a serious infection spread by tiny spores in health care settings that is best known for sickening the elderly.
Yet this outbreak didn’t fit the mold. (Goldeen, Stockton Record 10/15/12)
California’s oldest public hospital is embarking on a new venture: creating a nonprofit, independent foundation to increase community awareness of its services and raise funds to support its mission.
Part of that mission for San Joaquin General Hospital is “the delivery of community-oriented, culturally sensitive and affordable health care throughout San Joaquin County.” (Goldeen, Modesto Bee 3/4/12)
Physicians who have more personalized discussions with patients and encourage them to take a more active role in their own health care can help lower medical costs and reduce the need for some health care services, according to new research from UC Davis Health System.
Researchers said lower medical costs are realized when physicians and patients have more confidence in reaching a correct diagnosis together and deciding on a good strategy to improve the patient’s health. (Stockton Record, 7/19/11)
County officials approved a $2 million contract Tuesday to build a secure unit for patients from the state prison system receiving treatment at San Joaquin General Hospital.
The state will foot the bill to remodel a 25-bed medical-surgical unit in the east wing of the hospital as part of a legal settlement stemming from a local challenge to a plan to build a large prison medical facility on the southeast outskirts of Stockton. (Stockton Record, 6/9/11)
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