Wednesday, 8 a.m.: In half an hour, a train will strike a bus near downtown Palo Alto, injuring or killing 54 people.
In a nearby Stanford classroom, a rainbow of scrubs — blue, maroon and green, representing doctors, nurses and technicians — are eating bagels and listening to final instructions from Colin Bucks, MD, emergency medicine physician and medical director for the Stanford Medicine’s Office of Emergency Management. (Scope)
In the past, if a person had a stroke while asleep, or far from a top medical facility like Stanford, they were at a disadvantage. Doctors often wouldn’t initiate any treatment, believing damage to the patient’s brain had already been done. (Scope)
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.
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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