After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.
The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless, crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their station wagon. (California Healthline)
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.
The Medical Respite Program for the homeless in Santa Clara County is a collaborative program between the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and participating member hospitals, the County’s Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP), and HomeFirst, a local shelter provider which operates the program on a day-to-day basis.
Participating hospitals include: El Camino Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, Regional Medical Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Stanford Health Care.
Hospitals in Santa Clara County have adopted Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing Guidelines for use by physicians in their emergency departments to help curb the availability and abuse of prescription drugs. The guidelines were developed in partnership with community stakeholders. The Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing flyer is attached and available in English and Spanish.
CHPAC acts as your partner at the Capitol. Critical actions affecting the quality of health care for all Californians makes your participation more important than ever. As a member of CHPAC, your voice is joined with thousands of others ensuring issues critical to your hospital’s mission are heard in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
Jo joined the Hospital Council as Regional Vice President for the South Bay region in 2010. She previously served as Local Government Relations Manager at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for six years. In addition, she spent five years as the Senior Legislative Aide for the Vice Mayor of the City of San Jose. She has 20 years of experience in government relations with a focus on state and local issues.
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