After they amputated the second toe on John Trumbla’s right foot
last summer, doctors sent him to a nursing home because he still
needed medical care — but not necessarily a hospital bed.
The proud, burly Army veteran resisted at first, but he didn’t
have a choice. Before his hospitalization at Santa Clara Valley
Medical Center, Trumbla, 56, and his wife had been homeless,
crashing in his boss’s construction shop or living out of their
station wagon. (California Healthline)
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 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
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.
Pursuant to California Business & Professions Code Section
Hospital Council is committed to protecting information disclosed
through this website.Your use of this website, or any inquiry or
comment you send, may be disclosed to Hospital Council affiliates
and authorized entities solely to advance the mission and purpose
of Hospital Council.
USE OF INFORMATION
The information you provide is used to respond to your comment or
inquiry and to provide various services to you.