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.
The Sonoma Valley Hospital recently received certification as
being “acute stroke ready” by the Center for Improvement in
Healthcare Quality. The hospital received the certification based
on its level of care – including its swift response and
application of appropriate medication, according to SVH
officials. (Sonoma Index-Tribune)
Is it possible something as simple as a special cleanser could
save a patient from getting a health care-associated infection?
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to
test the theory. It examined chlorhexidine (CHG), an
antimicrobial cleansing agent used primarily to bathe patients
hospitalized in the intensive care unit, to see if it could
prevent health care–associated infections (HAIs), particularly
antibiotic-resistant staph infections, known as MRSAs, or
“superbugs.” (NorthBay Business Journal)
Sonoma Valley Hospital has been recognized for its
environmentally-friendly and sustainability practices by Practice
Greenhealth, a national organization promoting environmental
stewardship and best practices in the healthcare industry.
Sonoma Valley Hospital is set to sign an affiliation agreement
with UCSF Health. The hospital’s board approved the agreement at
its Thursday meeting while UCSF’s board is expected to approve
the agreement at its March meeting.
“I believe this is going to take Sonoma Valley Hospital to the
next level,” said Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather.
Hospital bacteria, watch out. Incredibly efficient germ zapping
robots are winning the fight against deadly hospital acquired
Used at Marin General Hospital and Sonoma Valley Hospital in the
North Bay, the Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots disinfect a
room’s surfaces using ultraviolet light hundreds of times more
intense than sunlight. The light flashes like a strobe in a
14-foot bubble bathing everything in its path, including
difficult surfaces like bedrails and light switches, killing 99.9
percent of bacteria. (The North Bay Business Journal)
In its latest evaluation of hospitals, the government’s Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in July gave Sonoma Valley
Hospital an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five,
which places the hospital among the top 25 percent in the nation
for quality outcomes.
“Sonoma is a small market and it’s difficult to attract
physicians, and particularly specialists,” according to Sonoma
Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather. And because it can be difficult
for seniors and low-income residents to travel 30 minutes to an
hour to find the care they need, Mather and her staff have made
it a priority to bring new specialists to Sonoma over the past
year. One way that they did this was to establish “timeshare”
office space to make it easy for specialists located elsewhere to
conveniently schedule times in Sonoma to see patients.
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