Stanford Health Care has developed a new test for the COVID-19
disease and is now using it to verify suspected cases of the
illness at its hospitals.
The announcement of the new test comes as Stanford University
disclosed on Thursday that it is treating a “few”
patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The test is being used for patients at Stanford Hospital and
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford who are suspected of
being infected with the respiratory virus SARS-CoV-2, which
causes COVID-19. (paloaltoonline.com)
Starting in February, Stanford Hospital will offer a special
forensic exam and counseling for sexual assault survivors.
The number of sexual assaults reported in Santa Clara County is
up nearly 60% compared to just three years ago. Despite the
drastic rise, there is currently only one location in the entire
county where victims can receive a forensic exam by specifically
trained nurses. (NBCBayArea.com)
A new hospital and urgent care facility is proposed for Morgan
Hill. Kaiser Permanente is looking at opening a medical office in
the city. And the County of Santa Clara is preparing to remodel
the De Paul Health Center. (morganhilltimes.com)
At the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) annual conference,
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) was honored with the
2019 C. Duane Dauner Award, which recognizes outstanding
achievement in patient safety, quality improvement, and patient
experience. SCVMC won for developing a program to safely
discharge certain individuals experiencing homelessness.
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
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
The Medical Respite Program for the homeless in Santa
Clara County is a collaborative program between the Hospital
Council – 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, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Stanford Health
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
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