Section Update

Hospital Council Participates in Rural-Focused Events

Who What Hospital Council participated in two recent gatherings, one with ITUP and another with CSRHA. ITUP has new leadership and is seeking input on strategic direction. Hospital Council was asked to provide a perspective on rural hospitals and shared critical workforce and funding challenges. The CSRHA event emphasized that California is a rural state […]

Hospital Council Convenes Meeting on Nurse Training Program

Who What Hospital Council brought these parties together on Sept. 15 at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton to learn about the Helping Our People Elevate (HOPE) Program Regional Nurse Training initiative. Leaders from St. Joseph’s Medical Center and San Joaquin Delta College explained how they developed the HOPE incumbent worker training program […]

Kern County Behavioral Health Meeting

Who What Hospital Council convened a meeting of Kern County hospitals and Kern Behavioral Health to discuss the process of writing 5150s. The current system allows only for the Mobile Evaluation Team to write holds, which has created bottlenecks. Participants discussed changes coming to the 5150 writing process, including allowing some hospitals to begin writing holds in-house and […]

Sonoma Health Alliance Celebrates Major Funding Milestones

Who What The Sonoma Health Alliance (SHA) is a collaboration between Sonoma County hospitals, Sonoma County Department of Health Services Leadership, and Hospital Council that discusses pertinent health needs of Sonoma County residents, primarily focusing on behavioral health. In late August, SHA stakeholders convened at the Sonoma County Department of Health Services building to discuss […]

Discussion of Homeless Support Services Continues in Santa Cruz County

Who What Santa Cruz County hospitals recently met with Central California Alliance for Health, housing advocates, and county representatives from public health, emergency medical services, behavioral health, and the County Administration Office to discuss homeless support services. The group will be meeting quarterly to discuss issues around shelter availability and data sharing. Our next meeting will […]

Hospital Council Leads Effort to Improve Care for Patients Experiencing Challenges; Groundbreaking for Hospital in Chester

Who What In rural Northern California, patients with dual diagnoses, challenging medical or behavioral health issues, or those who are experiencing homelessness are not as common as in urban areas. However, they are present and significantly impact hospital staff and resources, with some staying months or even years. Many times, the case’s complexity has never […]

Laguna Honda Hospital Granted Recertification

Who What Following several incidents in recent years, including two non-fatal overdoses, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revoked Laguna Honda Hospital’s (LHH) certification and gave notice that all reimbursements for Medicare would cease. LHH — the largest skilled-nursing facility on the West Coast with 750 beds, roughly 750 patients, and over 1,000 employees […]

San Joaquin County Planning for Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Campus

Who What The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a staff-proposal expenditure plan for the nationwide opioid settlement funds. The most significant element of the plan is the development of an addiction and mental health treatment campus like the Be Well Orange County program. The facility will be located on 23 acres of county-owned […]

Monterey Bay Area Hospital CEOs Receive Updates from CHA Staff

Who What On Aug. 3, CEOs from hospitals in the Monterey Bay area (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties) received the latest updates from CHA staff on legislation and the managed care organization tax. After the update, the hospitals met with the new CCAH CEO Michael Schrader and his staff regarding the CCAH Hospital […]

Visalia Holds In-Person Joint Section CEO Meeting

Who What In July, CEOs from hospitals in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Mono, and Inyo counties were invited to Visalia for an in-person joint-section CEO meeting. This meeting, which had been held virtually for the past few years, covered changes in the California Department of Public Health surveys since the end of the pandemic declaration […]