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.
Long waits at the emergency room are the norm at many hospitals,
and a source of frustration for patients and doctors. The
emergency department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton,
operated by Dignity Health, sees about 275 patients each day. In
the past two months, it has been able to shrink the amount of
time it takes for a doctor to attend to an emergency room patient
from around 30 minutes to less than 20 minutes. (San Francisco
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center earned the Greenhealth
Partner for Change award from Practice Greenhealth. The award
honors health care facilities that reduce their environmental
footprint, become a community anchor for sustainability and a
leader in the global movement for environmental health and
justice. (Central Valley Business Journal)
Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have agreed to joint
ownership of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.
Dignity Health will keep an 80 percent ownership interest in the
hospital and related operations. Kaiser will buy a 20 percent
interest, the two companies announced Monday. The deal is
expected to close in mid-2016. (Sacramento Business
Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have reached an agreement to
jointly own St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
The partnership announced late Monday will take effect in
mid-2016, at which time San Joaquin County’s largest hospital
will become both a Dignity Health and Kaiser facility in a
first-of-its-kind arrangement for both health care giants.
An agreement between San Joaquin County and Stockton’s two
hospitals, St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Dameron Hospital,
designating them as receiving centers for certain types of heart
attacks has been approved by the Board of Supervisors.
St. Joseph’s Medical Center has earned international recognition
as a Baby-Friendly Hospital after meeting stringent standards
established by the World Health Organization and the United
Nations Children’s Fund.
It is the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in both San Joaquin County
and the San Joaquin Valley and the 48th in California.
Nationwide, more than 125 hospitals have met Baby-Friendly
standards. (The Stockton Record 3/2/12)
Saving lives is what emergency medicine is all about, and
Stockton’s two acute-care hospitals both took a big leap forward
in that direction Friday when they passed site surveys to become
preferred destinations for heart attack patients.
A team from the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services
Agency visited St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Dameron Hospital
on Friday and determined both facilities met the strict criteria
to become designated STEMI receiving centers. (Goldeen, Stockton
“Ding! Attention, please! Doctor Kawaguchi! Doctor Alan
Kawaguchi! Please call the nurses’ station at 2 East!”
Imagine you’re in the hospital and you hear that kind of overhead
page all day and all night. It is a common occurrence – some
would say nuisance – that has permeated the hallways of large
hospitals for decades.
That is no longer the case at 359-bed St. Joseph’s Medical
Center, San Joaquin County’s largest hospital with 2,400
employees and more than 1,800 staff phones spread over a large
campus at 1800 N. California St. (Goldeen, Stockton Record
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