Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service availability, community support service availability, as well as the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy and documentation status. These social determinants can become chronic, co-morbid conditions for our patients.
The 2015 Kern County Hospital Economic Impact Report is complete and available online. The Hospital Council is pleased to provide the latest report of the 2015 economic impact analysis of hospitals in Kern County. This report provides an overview of the significant economic and fiscal impact made by ten major hospitals in the region.
Kern County hospitals together generate $7.9 million in annual spending and 55,235 jobs, according to a new study by Cal State Bakersfield economist Abbas Grammy on 10 health centers’ direct and indirect local economic impacts.
The Central Valley Computerized Clinical Placement System work group is a group of nurse educators, deans, directors, clinical placement coordinators, and leaders representing nursing schools, hospitals, foundations, and health care workforce organizations. The purpose of the group is to collaborate and build relationships between nursing education and service (employers), and to address topics that are of concern to nurse educators and impact the nursing workforce.
Nearly every county across our region is struggling with the reduction in mental health services. Those reductions are seriously affecting our hospital emergency rooms, from staggering volumes of involuntary holds (5150) to 20+ hour wait times to increased incidents of patient violence. Fresno County hospitals have been working through these issues for several years but as the county’s financial situation has continued to deteriorate, we have launched a very aggressive local advocacy strategy to shine the ‘public light’ on this local crisis.
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