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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 March 6, Hospital Council convened a call with health officers and health systems in Sacramento and Placer counties to address the community’s response to COVID-19. For more information, contact Brian Jensen at  
  •  On March 5, Hospital Council convened Alameda and Contra Costa County community benefit leaders to plan for a roll-out of the community health needs assessment and hospital community benefit plans.  Meetings with county supervisors will take place in early summer; Hospital Council will release a one-page summary in mid-summer. For more information, contact Rebecca Rozen at  
  • On March 4, Hospital Council’s Santa Clara Section received an update from Santa Clara County Deputy Health Officer George Han, MD, on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Attendees also heard from Barbara Glaser, senior legislative advocate at the California Hospital Association, on 2020 legislative priorities and the state budget. For more information, contact Jo Coffaro at  
  • On March 3, Hospital Council convened Contra Costa County emergency department leaders for a demonstration on reviewing, downloading, and updating their data in the county’s ambulance patient offload time online dashboard (FirstWatch). Accuracy is paramount, as the Contra Costa EMS Agency is submitting these data to the state and ambulance providers have previously used these data to argue for penalizing hospitals with excessive wait times. For more information, contact Rebecca Rozen at  
  • On Feb. 25, Hospital Council met with newly elected San Francisco Board Supervisor Dean Preston, who is highly focused on housing and affordability issues. For more information, contact Michon Coleman at  
  • On Feb. 24, the San Francisco Section met to hear from San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, who expressed a desire for continued partnership with hospitals as the city works to address homelessness and mental health issues. The section also heard from San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon, MD, who provided an update on the city’s response to COVID-19. For more information, contact Michon Coleman at
  • Rebecca Rozen is completing a round of introductory meetings with new district directors for state and federal legislators representing the East Bay. To date, meetings have been held with new district directors, as well as staff with state Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA 15th District). For more information, contact Rebecca Rozen at
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Hospital Executives Advise Sacramento County EMS Agency

Last year, Hospital Council encouraged the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SCEMSA) to launch the Emergency Medical Advisory Group (EMAG). Recognizing the vital role SCEMSA plays in the community’s health, the advisory group helps to address staffing and performance challenges and creates a venue for program improvement.  

EMAG includes executive-level representatives from Dignity Health, Sutter Health, UC Davis Health, and Kaiser Permanente. After holding its two initial meetings last year, it met on February 13 to:  

  • Identify what data elements the local emergency medical services (EMS) agency needs to collect and analyze to drive quality improvement with ambulance providers and hospitals 
  • Decide what staff resources are needed to perform current and emerging EMS programs 
  • Determine the budget needed to support SCEMSA so that health care providers can advocate with policymakers on SCEMSA’s behalf 
  • Consider how to communicate the need for these changes to an audience of decision-makers who are not versed in EMS issues  

The next EMAG meeting will take place on April 9. Hospital Council staff convenes conference calls with the EMAG’s hospital members and their staff before and after each official meeting to help the field stay unified in addressing issues. 

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Tackling Homelessness in the Northern San Joaquin Valley

A recent Hospital Council Board of Directors meeting featured a presentation from Margot Kushel, MD, who made the compelling case that the surge in hospitals caring for homeless patients will not be resolved until a community’s housing balance is right. Following that presentation, board members Gino Patrizio, CEO, Memorial Medical Center, and Daniel Wolcott, President, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, decided to examine the communities they serve through that lens. At the joint meeting of the San Joaquin-Mother Lode and Stanislaus-Merced Sections on February 27, attendees heard from Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes and colleagues from his office and the Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority presented on the housing side of homelessness in their County.   

The presentation described the optimal continuum of housing stock which ascends from emergency shelters to transitional housing to permanent supportive housing to low income/workforce housing to market-rate rental housing to home ownership. Hayes made the point that nearly all the public and political focus is currently on the lower end of the spectrum – emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Unless there is sufficient stock of the housing types in the upper half of the range, there will always upward pressure on housing prices and downward pressure squeezing low-income members of the population into poorer housing types and onto the streets. In the same way that health systems are increasing looking upstream by addressing social determinants of health, communities must look upstream in the housing supply to eventually eliminate unsheltered homelessness. Hospitals may begin to engage even more in this aspect of solving homelessness, in addition to providing clinical care and coordinating discharges to appropriate settings.  

The balance of the meeting consisted of an open CEO roundtable discussion of hospital challenges, concerns, and emerging trends and a conversation about quality initiatives with new Hospital Quality Institute President Robert Imhoff. 


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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