Section Update

Kern Behavioral Health Workgroup Engages on SB 43

Who What Hospital Council has continued to facilitate regular meetings between Kern BHRS and Kern County hospitals. Recently, the meeting cadence has increased to monthly to work through details and needs stemming from Senate Bill (SB) 43.    One of the items discussed was the creation of 15 workgroups by Kern BHRS to tackle different aspects of […]

Health Priorities Discussed in San Mateo

Who What On July 17, the San Mateo Section CEOs were joined by San Mateo Public Health Officer Kismet Baldwin-Santana, MD, MPH. Dr. Baldwin-Santana gave the group an update on several items including COVID-19, H5N1, and a possible collaboration on a community health needs assessment (CHNA). The CEOs directed the RVP to begin discussions with […]

City of Santa Rosa Eyes Gross Receipts Tax

Who What City officials in Santa Rosa are contemplating removal of the current $3,000 cap on the city’s gross receipts tax as an avenue to remedy budget shortfalls. While not-for-profit member hospitals would not be impacted, investor-owned hospitals and medical groups would experience some of the most dramatic tax increases under the proposed plan. Several […]

Sacramento County APOT Improvement Planning Begins

Who What On June 26, SCEMSA convened 18 hospital and fire department leaders to tackle a systemic ambulance patient offload time (APOT) improvement process. Dale Ainsworth, PhD, a respected facilitator, was brought in to guide the process. The intent was to help hospitals exchange best practices and to inform the development of plans for expediting […]

Healthcare Professional Shortage Area Designations Reviewed

Who What A Healthcare Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation is critical for many recruitment efforts in hospitals and clinics, as the designation brings with it access to some state and federal programs offering tuition reimbursement, grants, visa waivers, and more. Some HPSA designations are automatic and tied to a specific clinic or facility, and other […]

Monterey County Proceeds with CHNA

Who What The Monterey County Community Health Needs Collaborative was created a few years ago by four hospitals (referenced above), Hospital Council, the Monterey County Health Department, and the United Way of Monterey County to conduct a countywide community health needs assessment (CHNA).   The collaborative has come together again with a new partner, California State […]

Behavioral Health Meetings Underway in Kern County

Who What Hospital Council has begun convening monthly meetings of member hospitals and Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. The group’s work is primarily focused on the upcoming implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 43 (on or before Jan. 1, 2026). The regular convening has also provided an opportunity for providers and county staff to directly discuss […]

Sonoma County Health Services Hosts Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative

Who What Sonoma County Health Services hosted a Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative to close Mental Health Awareness Month, engaging 200 leaders from northern California and as far as Rhode Island. The event began with a powerful observation from Sonoma County Supervisor Chris Coursey: “I’ll bet there isn’t a person in this room whose life hasn’t […]

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 […]