Northern California was well represented at the Hospital
Quality Institute’s (HQI) annual conference earlier
last week, with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC)
honored with the 2019 C. Duane Dauner Award.
John Muir Health was also recognized – as a finalist for the
award, which highlights outstanding achievement in
patient safety, quality improvement, and patient
experience. (CHA News)
After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot
last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still
needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.
The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t
have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley
Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless,
crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their
station wagon. (California Healthline)
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center marked a new era Saturday with
the unveiling of its new Sobrato Pavilion, a facility boasting
cutting-edge technology and innovation that officials say will
put the needs of patients first. (The Mercury News)
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday
unanimously approved a plan to construct an inpatient psychiatric
facility for youth in crisis at Valley Medical Center in San
“This is about teens at risk of doing damage to themselves or
others. This is about families struggling through the hardest
thing they’ll ever face and being torn apart at precisely the
time they need to be together,” said Board President and
Supervisor Joe Simitian in a statement. (Fox2 KTVU)
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) last week announced Santa
Clara Valley Medical Center as the winner of the 2017 C. Duane
Dauner Quality Award (formerly known as the Vanguard Award) for
its Specialty Care Access Improvement Initiative, an innovative
approach to improving patient experience and timely access to
quality specialty referrals.
For years, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif.,
faced a problem with sepsis in patients.
There was a concentrated effort to screen for sepsis when
patients arrived in the emergency department. But once patients
were admitted, there was no consistent screening or treatment
approach. And there was no facility-wide training effort, said
Kathy Madlem, a nurse who serves as sepsis quality improvement
coordinator at the safety net hospital. (Modern Healthcare)
In a strategic move expected to shake up the South Bay’s hospital
landscape, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Foundation on
Tuesday kicked off a $25 million fundraising campaign to create a
Women and Children’s Center at VMC.
The proposal seeks to consolidate pediatric, maternity and
postnatal services in an existing building at the public
hospital, which has historically served the county’s low-income
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