Through a series of cost-cutting measures – including the
controversial closure of its obstetrics department – Sonoma
Valley Health Care District officials announced this week that
Sonoma Valley Hospital is near the break-even point.
This afternoon the community celebrated the completion of
construction of Adventist Health Sonora’s new 64,000 sq. ft.
Health Pavilion and Diana J. White Cancer Institute at the
intersection of Mono Way and Greenley Road.
Over a decade in the making, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford is just days away from opening its new Main building and
grounds on December 9. The hospital reached the final step
to announcing an opening date when it received its license from
the California Department of Public Health on December 4.
Designed to transform the patient and family experience, the new
521,000-square-foot building more than doubles the size of the
existing pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. (MILTECH)
Oakland opened the gates to its first “safe haven”
city-sanctioned and operated homeless encampment Monday.
The encampment occupies what was an empty lot between Sixth and
Brush streets and Seventh and Castro streets. It features 20
modular units similar to “Tuff Sheds,” designed to house 40
people for up to six months at a time. The encampment will offer
a variety of services aimed at getting homeless people into more
permanent housing. (East Bay Times)
Finally, there is broad public recognition and a nationwide call
to action to fix the deadly opioid epidemic.
Matters surrounding it are complex and expand outside of
healthcare to several socioeconomic issues, and many sectors of
our society need to come together to address the root causes.
However, healthcare leaders have a unique leadership role to
play, and we must consider the following questions. (Managed
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center marked a new era Saturday with
the unveiling of its new Sobrato Pavilion, a facility boasting
cutting-edge technology and innovation that officials say will
put the needs of patients first. (The Mercury News)
That was a phrase repeated quite often last week, as Sutter
Health hospitals in the Central Valley region dealt with bomb
threats, mass casualty events, active shooters, floods and power
outages during the latest statewide emergency preparedness
exercises. (Central Valley Business Journal)
The University of California at Davis Health System has received
a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program
for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord
injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database,
UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. The project is
expected to conclude in July 2022. (mobihealthnews)
A hospital emergency department may not seem the most likely
place to perform a clinical trial. Loud, stressful and chaotic,
the American emergency room offers a tried-and-true backdrop for
television and motion picture productions but is not typically
considered the domain of painstaking academic research.
However, physicians will attest that important life-saving
research can take place amid the chaos.
Several years ago, Kaiser Permanente–the largest
nonprofit healthcare system in the United States–set out to
rethink the gap in patient care that occurred when nursing staff
You would think nurses could solve the problem simply by paying
attention to patients as soon as they came on shift. Yet, they
were constantly being pulled away to communicate with nurses
ending their shifts or to find patient information. Many patients
described hospitals as a “ghost town” during shift changes.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday
unanimously approved a plan to construct an inpatient psychiatric
facility for youth in crisis at Valley Medical Center in San
“This is about teens at risk of doing damage to themselves or
others. This is about families struggling through the hardest
thing they’ll ever face and being torn apart at precisely the
time they need to be together,” said Board President and
Supervisor Joe Simitian in a statement. (Fox2 KTVU)
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) last week announced Santa
Clara Valley Medical Center as the winner of the 2017 C. Duane
Dauner Quality Award (formerly known as the Vanguard Award) for
its Specialty Care Access Improvement Initiative, an innovative
approach to improving patient experience and timely access to
quality specialty referrals.
The Joint Commission has recognized Sierra View Medical Center as
a 2017 Pioneers in Quality Data Contributor for its contributions
to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality
improvement in health care. (The Porterville Recorder)
A new program by Kaiser Permanente will expand health coverage
for uninsured, low-income young adults in the Valley who lack
access to other coverage.
Kaiser Permanente’s new Community Health Program extends coverage
free of charge to Fresno, Madera and Kings County residents who
are not eligible for Medi-Cal and can’t afford to purchase
individual health insurance. (The Business Journal)
Late last week, Placerville-based Marshall Medical Center
launched its new electronic medical records system after
investing $20 million in the initiative.
The new system, which uses a medical record software called Epic,
will create a central database for the health system’s hospital,
clinical and home health divisions. Previously, these three
divisions had separate electronic medical records systems.
(Sacramento Business Journal)
MedShare, a 501(c)3 humanitarian aid organization dedicated to
global health, today honored Sutter Health with a Global
Humanitarian Award, which was accepted by Sutter Health’s
President and CEO Sarah Krevans. The event was in recognition of
Sutter Health’s outstanding leadership in supporting at-risk
communities that require medical supplies and equipment. In
addition to Sutter Health’s recognition, the event also
recognized local Bay Area supporters who were instrumental in
MedShare’s ability to deliver on-demand humanitarian aid.
NorthBay Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has
been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press
Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing
health care organizations that have consistently achieved the
95th percentile or above of performance in the category of the
patient experience. (The Reporter)
Marin General Hospital (MGH) is at a significant turning point in
its history. Since opening in 1952 in Marina County, Calif., the
facility has seen a five-fold population increase. MGH is the
only provider of many acute care services in the area, and its
Level 3 trauma center and emergency department (ED) receive 70
percent of the county’s ambulance traffic.
For all the wrong reasons, the disaster response drill at
Healdsburg District Hospital originally scheduled for this month
has been cancelled.
That’s because the hospital’s staff and leadership just went
through the real thing during the weeks of wildfires that burned
thousands of homes and took lives in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
and beyond. (The Windsor Times)
John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Medical Center has been awarded
Comprehensive Stroke Certification Accreditation by The Joint
Commission, which accredits and certifies health care
organizations and programs in the United States. This
certification means that the Walnut Creek Medical Center is ready
24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to deliver
advanced stroke care.
The new Ridgecrest Crisis Stabilization Unit grand opening was a
Well over a hundred people (many wearing green ribbons to
symbolize California’s mental health movement) gathered under
shade structures outside the new facility at 1141 Chelsea St.
Wednesday morning for the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony.
(The Daily Independent)
Dignity Health French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo
contributed $25,000 to Hope’s Village of SLO, which recently
began its Showers of Hope program for homeless people who have no
other access to bathing. (The Tribune)
The smell of smoke, though faint, could still be detected Tuesday
morning inside Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital as medical
staff opened the doors to patients for the first time since the
Tubbs fire forced the hospital to evacuate eight days ago.
Everything — the walls, floors, medical equipment, patient
scheduling screens — looked spotless, as it did when the hospital
opened for the first time just three years ago. (The Press
An expanded Monterey County pilot health care program has
launched for local residents ineligible for government-backed
coverage because they are in the country illegally.
On Wednesday, Communities Organized for Relational Power in
Action (COPA), the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and
Building Healthy Communities will be joined by Supervisor Jane
Parker and county Health Department director Elsa Jimenez and
others at the event designed to mark the program’s kick-off and
explain its benefits. (Monterey Herald)
Adventist Health has reached an affiliation agreement with
Marysville, CA-based Rideout Health that should be finalized in
early 2018, the two non-profit health systems announced.
As a flurry of ash began to fall from the sky outside Santa Rosa
Memorial hospital Monday afternoon, Elizabeth and Joseph Tito
took comfort in controlling what they could: the flow of
ambulances, cars and panicked families in and out of the
hospital’s main parking lot. (San Francisco Chronicle)
As more than a dozen fires raged Monday across large swaths of
Napa and Sonoma counties, some hospitals were forced to quickly
evacuate patients and staff as the flames and smoke threatened
their facilities. (The Mercury News)
Sutter Health, a health care system in Northern California, and
Mental Health America (MHA) are collaborating on the development
of online tools and resources that proactively address mental
health concerns before they escalate. This collaboration is
designed to provide earlier access and connect people with the
support and services they need, the two organizations said.
Decades ago doctors made house calls, bringing medical care to
patients who couldn’t make it to the clinic.
Now Montage Health, the nonprofit parent company of the
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, is
bringing free medical care to those with no homes, as well as
those with poor access to health care, in Monterey County.
(Monterey County Now)
Bakersfield Heart Hospital earned an award for meeting specific
criteria and standards of performance for the quick and
appropriate treatment of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
(STEMI), which is the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a
blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely
treatment. (23ABCNews Bakersfield)
Long waits at the emergency room are the norm at many hospitals,
and a source of frustration for patients and doctors. The
emergency department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton,
operated by Dignity Health, sees about 275 patients each day. In
the past two months, it has been able to shrink the amount of
time it takes for a doctor to attend to an emergency room patient
from around 30 minutes to less than 20 minutes. (San Francisco
Kern County veterans are now able to seek services and procedures
in Bakersfield that, in some cases, previously required trips to
Nearly 300 doctors at Kern Medical were enrolled in the Veterans
Affairs health care network over the summer, making the hospital
eligible to treat patients faced with burdensome travel
requirements or lengthy wait times at a VA health center.
A program at Kern Medical has helped Bakersfield families while
going through the bereavement process.
It incorporates a device called the “Cuddle Cot” and is designed
to give parents of stillborn babies more time with their little
ones, to bond with them and to grieve over them before the baby
is carried away. (Bakersfieldnow.com)
Corwin Harper has been named as Kaiser Permanente’s new senior
vice president and area manager for the Central Valley.
Harper’s is a lifelong journey in medicine that began when he was
a young man in Allendale, South Carolina. (Central Valley
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial isn’t sleeping on the job, but
it’s making sure the newborns in its care can … safely.
The healthcare organization was recently recognized by the
National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold
Certified Safe Sleep Champion.” The certification is earned by
healthcare providers that prove a “commitment to best practices
and education on infant safe sleep,” according to a press release
issued by AHLM. (Central Valley Business Journal)
A formal groundbreaking was Sunday for the first phase of the
$4.3 million Healing Courtyards project to create outdoor
courtyards and indoor waiting areas at Dignity Health Dominican
Hospital. The goal is to reduce stress and promote healing for
patients, their loved ones and hospital staff. (Santa Cruz
Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.
Employment opportunities and affordable housing costs make the
southern valley a desirable destination for new residents.
Experts predict that Kern County’s population could double in the
next 25 years.
Today, John Muir Health is introducing a “new look”, including a
new logo. The new brand identity is symbolic of a renewed
commitment to the best patient experience at John Muir Health.
Patients and consumers have continually communicated to John Muir
Health that it’s important to listen, explain, and work together
as a team to provide them with the highest quality care. The new
look and logo represent this commitment to patients backed by
John Muir Health’s dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff
and volunteers. (BusinessWire)
Dignity Health and UCSF Health on Tuesday announced a new
affiliation that will bring UCSF Health’s academic expertise
to three Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area: Sequoia
Hospital in Redwood City, and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and
St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. (The Mercury News)
Alameda Health System today announced the American College of
Surgeons (ACS) verified Highland Hospital as an adult Level 1
Trauma Center, the highest designation given by the national
organization. This recognition for excellence makes Highland
Hospital the only adult Level 1 trauma facility in the East Bay.
Women’s Care at Adventist Health Bakersfield was the recipient of
three five-star awards from Healthgrades, the hospital announced
Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information
about physicians and hospitals, gave AH Bakersfield the 2017
Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award after reviewing data from
2013 to 2015. It also gave the hospital three five-star awards in
hysterectomy, urogynecologic procedures and c-section delivery.
Carmela Coyle, President/CEO of the Maryland Hospital
Association, has been selected as the new President/CEO of the
California Hospital Association (CHA) and it’s parent
organization, the California Association of Hospitals & Health
Systems (CAHHS). Coyle will replace long-time CHA President/CEO
C. Duane Dauner, who is retiring. (State of Reform)
Sonora Regional Medical Center has a new name — Adventist Health
Sonora. According to a Adventist Health press release, the new
brand affects the entire Adventist Health system, “including an
expanded mission statement with core values that support our
vision of transforming the health experience, outcomes and status
of our communities. Today, we are excited to announce a key
milestone on our branding journey; the naming across our system
will be updated to truly reflect our coming together under one
brand.” (The Union Democrat)
By next month, local epilepsy patients won’t have to travel so
far for complex procedures.
That’s because Kern Medical Center has partnered with the
University of Southern California’s Neurorestoration Center to
bring an epilepsy program and center to Bakersfield. It’s the
first time USC has partnered with a Kern County healthcare
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World
Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the
categories of Pediatric Orthopedics (36th), Pediatric Diabetes &
Endocrinology (46th) and Pediatric Gastroenterology &
Gastrointestinal Surgery (50th).
The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities and
are designed to help parents find the best care for their kids.
Tulare Regional Medical Center achieved two milestones, officials
announced Wednesday: the hospital has achieved Baby-Friendly
certification, and recently finished its first medical staff
election under its new Medical Executive Committee. (Valley
Corwin Harper, a health-care leader with more than 30 years of
experience in healthcare operations and multiple senior
leadership roles, has been named Senior Vice President and Area
Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Central Valley Area. (Manteca
A Silicon Valley couple has donated to $20 million to Sutter
Health to establish an innovation center focused on
human-centered care. The Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation
Hatchery Endowment Fund at Sutter Health will serve as an
incubator identifying innovative solutions to healthcare
challenges, validating their effectiveness in real-world provider
settings and integrating them into patient care as quickly and
safely as possible. (HIT Consultant)
Dignity Health, the fifth largest hospital system in the U.S.,
marked National Nurses Week by getting a Nashville-based musical
influencer to serenade its nurses with a song composed of
heartfelt thank-you messages from patients and employees.
John Muir Health’s medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek
recently earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold-Plus
Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes John Muir
Health’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard
of heart failure care for patients by ensuring they receive
treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based
standards and recommendations. This award is one of the highest
distinctions for heart care and treatment in the country.
As you help yourself to coffee, tea or cucumber-infused “spa
water” in the well-lit lounge, health and wellness information
refreshes on a wall-mounted flat screen television. The
comfortable cushioned seat where you sit has electrical outlets
to recharge your smartphone or tablet.
A young receptionist smiles and offers you fresh fruit.
No, this is not a day spa or health club. A wall of trendy
reclaimed wood bears Sutter Health’s familiar cross-shaped logo
along with the words, “Sutter Walk-In Care.”
Beginning next month, women will have access to a breast cancer
screening technique in Marin that yields fewer false positives,
reducing the anxiety of repeat exams.
The hospital said the new center will offer state-of-the-art
mammography equipment capable of creating three-dimensional
digital images of the breast tissue to help distinguish between
abnormalities from cancer. (marinij.com)
Dignity Health Medical Foundation broke ground Tuesday for a
three-story medical office building in Citrus Heights.
The 68,000-square-foot building at Greenback Lane and Fountain
Square Drive will house 50 physicians providing primary and
specialty care services, including allergy, behavioral health,
dermatology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatrics, internal
medicine, ophthalmology, optometry, pain management, pediatrics
and rheumatology, according to a Dignity Health news
release. (Sacramento Bee)
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center announced it was named
a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice
Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental
sustainability in healthcare.
In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth
Environmental Excellence Awards. (The Reporter)
Construction on a state-of-the-art medical center is underway to
provide much needed specialized healthcare to children in the
Valley Children’s Healthcare broke ground on May 20 on the site
of its Pelandale Specialty Care Center. The 40,000-square-foot
outpatient treatment center will treat children in the areas of
pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric
orthopaedics and more. (Central Valley Business Journal)
An unusual proposal to use the facilities of local hospitals as
dispensaries for medical marijuana is slowly gaining momentum,
but even advocates acknowledge it’s a longshot – because, among
other reasons, cannabis is still against federal law.
“Let’s face it, there are going to be licensed dispensaries in
Sonoma Valley, and there’s some already in Santa Rosa,” said Bill
Boerum, a member of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board
of directors. “Why shouldn’t the conventional health care
providers do that?” (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
A team of scientists at IBM Research, in collaboration with
scientists from Sacramento-based Sutter Health, recently
completed research developing methods to help predict heart
failure based on hidden clues in Electronic Health Records
(EHRs). Over the last three years, using the latest advances in
artificial intelligence (AI) like natural language processing,
machine learning and big data analytics, the team trained models
to help predict heart failure. (Healthcare Informatics)
Kaiser Permanente members annually have more than 100 million
encounters with company physicians, 52% of which are now virtual
visits, Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson told a Nashville
luncheon audience Friday.
That transition from physical to virtual visits has been enabled
by Kaiser Permanente’s aggressive spending on information
technology, Tyson said at a Nashville Health Care Council
Under a resolution adopted by the City Council, Roseville is
voicing its support for Sutter Health’s Getting to Zero campaign,
a regional effort to end chronic homelessness by aligning
programs and resources around a low-or-no barrier approach to
housing individuals experiencing homelessness. (Rocklin &
Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based
Kaiser Permanente, has been named to Time magazine’s annual list
of 100 Most Influential People.
At the helm of Kaiser, Mr. Tyson oversees one of the leading U.S.
integrated healthcare providers and nonprofit health plans.
Kaiser has annual operating revenues of nearly $65 billion and
serves 11.7 million members in eight states and Washington, D.C.
(Becker’s Hospital Review)
Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital recently
announced Jordan Wright accepted the position of hospital
president, beginning April 23.
Wright has served as chief strategy officer for the Dignity
Health North State Service Area since September 2013. In that
role, he notably helped create the North State Quality Care
Network, which provides a support system for physicians facing
challenges in delivering high-quality health care with cost
efficiency. The network has grown to 180 members. (Daily
Local doctors at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Health have
begun using a new implantable diagnostic system for some of their
cardiac patients, in hopes of reducing costly hospital admissions
for heart failure, one of the major causes of death in the United
The first and only FDA-approved heart failure-monitoring system,
CardioMEMS features a battery-free implant sensor that detects
pulmonary blood irregularities and sends that data through
wireless communications to Sutter heart specialists. (The Press
There’s a new dog in town, but he isn’t your average pup! ‘Enloe’
the Labrador will soon be trained to sniff cancer.
“The early warning system, the dog’s ability to find it at this
tiny, tiny stage because of their incredibly powerful nose really
gives us a lot of possibility and hope,” explained Founder and
CEO of the In Situ Foundation, Dina Zaphiris. (KRCR News 7)
Modesto-based E. & J. Gallo Winery is donating $500,000 to Valley
Children’s Healthcare to support its expansion efforts in the
North Valley, specifically the construction of the Pelandale
Specialty Care Center in north Modesto.
Valley Children’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief
Development Officer Robert Saroyan said the children’s health
care provider is appreciative of E. & J. Gallo’s support and
generosity. (The Business Journal)
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital unveiled a $5 million emergency
center exclusively for children Thursday, part of an aggressive
vision to bolster pediatric healthcare throughout the region
where there have been limited services.
When The Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency
Services opens next month, it will be the only emergency room
between Los Angeles and Madera dedicated to serving kids.
By its very nature, Kaiser Permanente is a beneficial and a
giving organization. It provides gifts of care, time, money,
expertise, free online information and other resources to improve
the health of the communities it serves.
Kaiser’s total community investment exceeded $55 million last
year, including charitable care, grants, donations and services.
The organization’s Community Benefit Program is enhanced by the
individual generosity of more than 4,500 North Bay
employees. (North Bay Business Journal)
Adventist Health’s “new mission and direction for its brand” has
been unveiled to more than 4,000 physicians, providers, employees
and volunteers at meetings that started Tuesday and will end
“Our new mission statement goes from sharing God’s love to living
God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope,” Andrea Kofl,
president of Adventist Health Central Valley Network, said.
“That’s important to us because we want to have our mission
statement reflect what we are doing on a daily basis.” (The
Chapa-De Indian Health is honored to receive a $150,000 grant
from Kaiser Permanente, which will work to expand Kaiser
Permanente’s highly successful Preventing Heart Attacks and
Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program by introducing Chapa-De to a
new, long- term effort to assist those most at risk of heart
attacks and strokes. (Rocklin & Roseville Today)
Two critical access hospitals in California have hired physicians
under a new law that exempts the smallest and most remote
hospitals from the state’s ban on corporate medicine.
Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills and Healdsburg
District Hospital hired physicians in January under provisions of
Assembly Bill 2024, which allows certain hospitals to hire
physicians under a seven-year pilot program that began in
January. (HealthLeaders Media)
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on Tuesday announced
it has received a $50 million gift from philanthropists Gordon
and Betty Moore to further fund a center that provides care
and research for children with heart disease.
It is the largest private donation from an individual to the
hospital since its original founding gift from David and Lucile
Packard in 1986. The hospital, founded five years later, said the
couple’s generosity will be honored by naming the center the
Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center. (The Mercury News)
About two years ago, Troy Fink, 48, weighed about 270 pounds, was
lethargic and newly diagnosed as a Type II diabetic.
“The first thing my doctor said was ‘don’t eat flour or sugar and
go see Dana,’” said Fink. What he learned and put into practice
changed his life and his health for the better. (Monterey
Telehealth use is growing but the question of whether the
technology reduces costs and improves outcomes remains a point of
Whereas the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of
health plans and employers, researchers at University of
California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients
at a more basic level: transportation costs.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System announced that it has
received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical
Excellence™ for a fourth consecutive year (2014-2017) from
Healthgrades®, the leading online resource for comprehensive
information about physicians and hospitals.
Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas has been named to a list
of Top Rural Hospitals of 2016.
Formerly known as Mark Twain Hospital and founded in 1951, the
25-bed, critical access facility provides inpatient acute care,
outpatient services and emergency services.
Mark Twain Medical Center is operated by Dignity Health of San
Francisco. Dignity Health bills itself as “the largest hospital
provider in California” and “the fifth largest not-for-profit
health health care system in the nation.” (The Union
Alice Chen sees a steady stream of patients here, at Zuckerberg
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center – a massive
medical campus that serves as the backbone of the health care
delivery system for the city’s undocumented population and its
Kaiser Permanente has signed a ten-year lease in downtown
Sacramento. Kaiser will occupy the entire fifth floor of a build
on G Street. The 17,000 square foot space will be used as a
mental health facility. (State of Reform)
The Spine Center at Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
recently combined the minimally invasive iFuse Implant System®
procedure with the Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System to
perform California’s first robot-assisted fusion of the
sacroiliac (SI) joint, a common source of lower back pain. The
goal of combining these two methods is to allow more accurate
implant placement and enhanced patient safety. (PRNewswire)
Kelly Tyler’s next sacrifice in the name of helping children:
Duct taping herself to a wall for cash.
“I may not be happy, but I’m going to do it with a – smile on my
face?” Tyler says to a roomful of giggling children.
This stunt – selling pieces of duct tape to temporarily entrap
Tyler on a wall – is just the latest quirky fundraiser dreamed up
by her middle school leadership class at Sundale Elementary
School to support Valley Children’s Hospital. (The Fresno Bee)
St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is changing its name and launching
a new mission.
As consumer expectations and the health care industry have
changed and evolved, so has the hospital, officials announced
March 6. Going forward, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake will be
known as “Adventist Health Clear Lake.”
The hospital’s next chapter also includes an expanded mission
statement and core values that support a vision of transforming
the health experience, outcomes and status of the community.
(North Bay Business Journal)
The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association have
awarded the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers to
The certification means Kern Medical complies with stroke-related
standards and requirements, including program management, the
delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. (23ABCNews
Like hundreds of thousands of people in the North State, Kiyomi
Bird vividly remembers how she spent the night of Feb. 12.
Bird, director for the Community Health and Sciences division of
the Butte County Public Health Department, got word in the
afternoon that public safety authorities might call for an
evacuation south of Oroville Dam. With the main spillway and
emergency spillway damaged, Lake Oroville had reached a
critically high level that threatened flooding of low-lying
areas. (Chico News & Review)
Stanford Health Care is preparing its latest addition to the
East Bay — a new outpatient facility in Emeryville slated to open
The four-story, 90,000-square-foot facility will offer primary
care; heart care; women’s health services; ear, nose and throat
care, along with other specialists; and x-rays and imaging. (East
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