Council Connect Articles

East Bay Section Membership Meetings

Who What On May 15, Solano County hospital leaders convened to discuss local implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 43 and hospitals’ top concerns as Solano County prepares its request for proposals for ambulance services in the fall. Members also shared recent unsatisfactory experiences with the California Department of Public Health Santa Rosa district office and […]

Rural Health Information Exchange Is Now Statewide

Who What SVMS has announced its expansion from a regional to a statewide qualified health information organization by partnering with Dignity Health. SVMS is set to extend its health data exchange services to over 30 Dignity hospitals across the state.   Over a decade ago, the Northern Sierra Section of Hospital Council and its hospital members […]

Health Leaders Share Perspectives at Modesto Chamber Reception

Who What Hospital leaders in Modesto and Hospital Council staff attended the chamber’s second annual Legislative Reception on May 28. It was an opportunity to build and renew relationships with public officials, hospital leaders, and health plan partners.    Takeaway/Next Steps Hospital leaders had the opportunity to share with Rep. John Duarte (CA-13) details about the […]

East Bay EDA Event Spotlights Health Care Innovation

Who What As a member of the East Bay EDA’s board of directors, RVP Rebecca Rozen moderated a panel discussion on innovation in health care for the alliance, which included government and business leaders, on May 16.   Over 90 attendees turned out to hear hospital and physician leaders from John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter […]

Embracing Individuality and Health Care Access During LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June marks Pride Month, a time to honor the LGBTQ+ community and embrace individuality. Although much work has been done in health care to build more inclusive environments, the LGBTQ+ community experiences worse health outcomes than heterosexual individuals. Stigmatization, hate, violence, and discrimination are still significant barriers to the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals.  

Hospitals Focus on Trauma Response

Who What The Central Valley Trauma Symposium on May 17 in Clovis had over 400 attendees last week, filling the Clovis Veterans Memorial District auditorium.    Drawing participants from across the state, this annual convening was a day-long event with over a dozen presenters on topics, including specific injury and care situations (acute spine injuries, burns, […]

UCSF Health Breaks Ground at Parnassus Medical Center

Who What UCSF Health officially broke ground at its Parnassus Medical Center on April 27. The ceremony was attended by a slew of local, state, and national dignitaries, including Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D-CA), Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), San Francisco Mayor London Breed, UC Regent John Perez, UC Regent […]

Hospitals Impacted by Santa Clara County Budget Concerns

Who What Santa Clara County’s budget work has begun for the coming fiscal year, and questions regarding changes to excess Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) allocation are at the forefront. As one of five counties that have excess ERAFs, Santa Clara County uses the supplemental funds for a variety of activities to support operations and […]