Hospital Quality Institute’s 2019 Conference is set
for October 14-15 in Sacramento. We’ve assembled a slate of
speakers and presentations to help you achieve
ever-increasing levels of performance through a culture of
respect and professionalism.
Join us to learn strategies and take home tools for achieving
reliable care and delivering value to each patient, each time,
and in each community. The content, interactive learning and
networking opportunities are not to be missed.
In the Monterey Bay area, hospitals 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
Here is a sampling of partnerships, programs and services
designed to deliver quality patient care, increase access to
primary care services, and improve health outcomes in Monterey
County, San Benito County and Santa Cruz County.
Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including
access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service
availability, community support service availability, as well as
the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing
instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical
activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy, and
Many of the barriers to effective emergency care systems are also
barriers to effective population health management and the
Associations’ vision of an optimally healthy society.
Pre-hospital care and services, emergency department crowding,
alternate destinations and treatment sites as well as post-acute
transfer options impact the effectiveness of emergency
departments and the ability of residents to receive the right
care, at the right time, in the right place.
Secure, effective exchange of patient health information is
critical to increase coordination of care and decrease costly
duplication of services. Issues involved include: data
ownership; privacy; connectivity; access; and local vs. statewide
Without sufficient, well-trained health care professionals at all
levels of the care continuum, access, quality, timeliness and
safety for patients and staff is compromised. Shortages include
specialty nurses, clinical lab scientists, respiratory and
physical therapists, radiology technologists and more.
Sacramento County and Dignity Health are undertaking an $18.7
million effort to relieve pressure on the region’s psychiatric
hospitals by opening a facility at Mercy San Juan Medical Center
that will treat patients in behavioral health crisis for up to 23
hours. (The Sacramento Bee)
Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, a freestanding acute psychiatric
hospital in Santa Rosa, is growing in a health care segment that
historically has been shrinking.
Aurora, which currently has 95 licensed beds, is adding another
49. And construction is underway on a building expansion that
will double the size of Aurora’s outpatient program, adding 3,500
square feet. (North Bay Business Journal)
A local hospital has received a new accreditation for critical
brain injury and stroke specialty programs that help patients
regain many of the skills lost from brain damage.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula received its
three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities International, a nonprofit
organization. The designation applies to the hospital’s Inpatient
Rehabilitation Unit, which now provides care for neurological
conditions as well as rehabilitation for other injuries and
illnesses. (Monterey Herald)
For patients and doctors alike, one of the main concerns before
and after surgery has become the prescription and subsequent
dependency on opioid-based painkillers, and it’s resulting big
changes to the surgical process.
On Thursday, June 13, 2019, the City of San
Jose presented O’Connor Hospital Wound Care Center with a
commendation honoring the pivotal role the center has played in
advancing wound care, from state-of-the-art treatments such as
skin substitutes to the LUNA laser system and Hyperbaric Oxygen
therapy for difficult to heal chronic wounds. (Cision PR
The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California is the
unified voice of our members, acting as a catalyst to empower
hospitals to act together on issues affecting patient care and
the health status of communities. We are dedicated to advocating
for our member hospitals at the
local and regional level and in support of California
Hospital Association (CHA) at the State and Federal level.
We strive to be an invaluable partner, convening groups across
multiple sectors to address health and quality of life challenges
within our communities.
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