Sonoma Valley Hospital has been recognized for its environmentally-friendly and sustainability practices by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization promoting environmental stewardship and best practices in the healthcare industry. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
Sonoma Valley Hospital is set to sign an affiliation agreement with UCSF Health. The hospital’s board approved the agreement at its Thursday meeting while UCSF’s board is expected to approve the agreement at its March meeting.
“I believe this is going to take Sonoma Valley Hospital to the next level,” said Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
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)
In its latest evaluation of hospitals, the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in July gave Sonoma Valley Hospital an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, which places the hospital among the top 25 percent in the nation for quality outcomes.
“Sonoma is a small market and it’s difficult to attract physicians, and particularly specialists,” according to Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather. And because it can be difficult for seniors and low-income residents to travel 30 minutes to an hour to find the care they need, Mather and her staff have made it a priority to bring new specialists to Sonoma over the past year. One way that they did this was to establish “timeshare” office space to make it easy for specialists located elsewhere to conveniently schedule times in Sonoma to see patients.
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