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Council Connect
Your twice-monthly briefing on how we're working for you

Hospital Council members receive Council Connect, our electronic newsletter that shares everything we’re working on for you. 

In articles as diverse as our membership — from rural to urban, and Sierra to sea — we spotlight the individuals and institutions who are moving the ball forward, while also sharing news on new ideas and innovative approaches from our endorsed business partners. 

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RVP Roundup

  • On Dec. 6, Hospital Council hosted a meeting for chief nursing officers and other nurse leaders from the northern part of the state. Presenters included:
    • Seth Karnes, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services director of TEAM/ED-Safe, on workplace violence
    • BJ Bartleson, California Hospital Association (CHA) vice president, nursing and clinical services, on CDPH leadership changes and legislation that will take effect in 2020
    • Sheree Lowe, CHA vice president, behavioral health, on acute psychiatric bed loss and other behavioral health care needs
    • Robert Imhoff, Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) President, on a health care worker support program aimed at finding joy and meaning in the workplace

For more information, contact T Abraham (

  • On Dec. 5, the Kern Emergency Medical Services Collaborative held a meeting to discuss a local shortage of NARCAN and increasing overdose events, as well as a recent two-day regional preparedness exercise. For more information, contact David Bacci (
  • On Dec. 3, the California State Association of Counties held its annual meeting. California Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Michelle Baass presented on a youth foster initiative. Michelle Herrera, executive director of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association, spoke to the realities of behavioral health care across the state, including revenue sources and challenges such as workforce shortages. For more information, contact Brian Jensen (
  • On Dec. 3, Hospital Council convened a call for nursing executives from the Central Valley to hear from CHA and HQI staff on important legislation that will take effect in 2020, the new Hospital Quality Improvement Platform, the Hospital Association of Southern California’s LEAD Academy, and other educational opportunities. For more information, contact David Bacci (
  • On Dec. 2, Hospital Council participated in a panel presentation, hosted by the Fresno Unified School District, that shared with the Hewlett Foundation collaborative efforts for career technical education. For more information, contact David Bacci (
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PG&E PSPS Events on Hold Until Spring

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has informed Hospital Council that it does not anticipate holding public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events in the winter months. PG&E will continue to monitor weather conditions, anticipating that PSPS events may once again be necessary closer to the spring/summer months. In the interim, Hospital Council will continue to work with PG&E to resolve issues hospitals raised in the recent spate of PSPS events, to mitigate unexpected consequences from any future events.

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Hospitals are Safe Havens, Regardless of Immigration Status

The national debate surrounding federal immigration policies provides an important opportunity for California hospitals to reinforce the bond they have with local communities. All Californians should know that, regardless of their immigration status, they should feel safe seeking care. To help hospitals spread that message in their communities, the California Hospital Association has developed a toolkit of materials, including sample:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Talking points
  • Media statement
  • Opinion editorial
  • Letter to the editor
  • Social media content

Much of the content is available in both English and Spanish. To download the toolkit, visit


Community Health Needs Assessments

As part of its public advocacy efforts, the Hospital Council brings hospitals together to collaborate on community health needs assessments (CHNAs). Hospitals can be a catalyst to lead the community in addressing the most pressing health needs. The CHNAs provide a data-driven understanding of these needs, and empowering hospitals to form coalitions with community partners, government agencies, elected officials, civic groups and the media, to address and improve community-wide health issues.


Santa Clara County Community Benefits Hospital Coalition

The Santa Clara County Community Benefits Hospital Coalition consists of nonprofit hospitals/systems and the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

The Coalition’s goal for the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment is to collectively gather community feedback and secondary data about health status. With this assessment, hospital members will then develop implementation strategies to help tackle these needs and continue to improve the health status of the communities they serve.


SF Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The 2019 San Francisco Community Health Needs Assessment has been released, and will be the topic of an Oct. 22 breakfast hosted by Hospital Council and the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership. 


Compensation & Employee Benefits Survey Reports

The Hospital Council Northern and Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASDIC) partner to offer hospitals tools needed to support the development of a strategic approach for managing and compensating a workforce that contributes to the success of the organization.


Economic Impact Reports

The Hospital Council commissions reports to estimate the economic impact of hospitals and hospital-related spending in the region. These reports are critical to both our public and political advocacy.

Prior reports are available by using the Search feature on this website.


Economic and Health Impact of Hospitals in Santa Clara County

Hospitals in Santa Clara County are strong drivers in the local economy, deliver high quality patient care, provide “safety net” services to residents in need, improve community health outcomes and serve as a vital element in the region’s emergency response plans.

Hospitals and hospital-related spending, such as long-term care facilities, generate $18.5 billion in spending annually, 91,936 jobs in the county and $10.7 billion in labor earnings. Hospitals in Santa Clara County provide approximately $4 billion annually in charity care, Medi-Cal shortfall and a wide range of other community benefits.


Economic Impact of Fresno/Madera and Tulare/Kings Hospitals

This report, commissioned by the Hospital Council, estimates the economic impact of hospital spending in the Central Valley (Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare counties).  Financial data used for this report was collected from the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) fro the most recent year, 2014-2015.

Hospital and hospital-related spending in the Central Valley generated $19.5 billion and 130,723 jobs. 


Northern San Joaquin Valley Economic and Health Impact of Hospitals
November 2016

This report, commissioned by the Hospital Council – Northern and Central California, estimates the economic impact of hospital spending in the Northern San Joaquin Valley (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties).

This report shows that hospitals and hospital-related spending in the Northern San Joaquin Valley generate $6.52 billion in spending annually and 40,928 jobs.


Endorsed Business Partners

The Endorsed Business Partner Program was established to provide cutting-edge and cost-effective solutions for our member hospitals.  The vendors selected are expected to meet high quality standards and offer products or services that help health care facilities avoid costs, recover revenue, reduce operating and capital expenses, improve management and quality, increase productivity, develop staff resources and apply new strategies.

Strategic partner

American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region

The American Red Cross operates two distribution sites and five blood donation centers providing hospitals with lifesaving blood products 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Blood Purchasing Services provide competitive pricing for blood products and services to hospitals.

Strategic partner

Atlas Lift Tech

Atlas Lift Tech combines clinical and operational experience with innovate solutions to build custom Safe Patient Handling and Movement (SPHM) programs for any type of hospital. Atlas understands the various, complex challenges of SPHM programs and we understand the obstacles facing each program are as different as facilities themselves.

Atlas is a health care services outsourcing company that provides hospitals with effective, lower cost Safe Patient Handling and Mobility programs. Atlas has created and implemented these hospital programs in response to significant and rising injury insurance claims by nursing staff as well as sweeping new SPHM compliance legislation.

Strategic partner


ButterFLi is a multi-channel rideshare platform with a focus on assisted, on-demand and scheduled rides. It’s an ADA compliant transit company that is changing the way assisted movility is delivered to people with disabilities.

  • Schedule via mobile, web-based apps or a 24/7 call center
  • Average turn-around time is 30-45 minutes
  • Utilizes 100-plus providers across California
  • Driver assists rider in and out of vehicle, and door-thru-door
  • Patient-in-gurney, wheelchair and ambulatory transportation options available

Healthcare Talent Scan

This comprehensive report will help you better understand the forces and trends affecting healthcare HR — and what challenges and opportunities they present. It is based on research from some our field’s most trusted sources and covers a multitude of topics:

  • Healthcare Coverage and Access
  • Workforce Challenges
  • Diversity
  • Behavioral Health
  • Value-Based Care
  • Telemedicine
  • Care Coordination
  • Hiring Overview for Key Roles

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Sponsorship Programs

If you would like to receive information on future sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.


California Hospital Share

The Hospital Council Northern & Central California and the Hospital Association of Southern California have come together to create a statewide business partner program called California Hospital Share (CHS).

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