Section Update

Workforce Efforts Expanded in Monterey Bay   

Who What Several efforts are underway in Monterey Bay to help build the health care workforce pipeline. In Santa Cruz County, the Health Improvement Partnership is developing listening tours — also called forums or focus groups — with key community stakeholders. Along with these efforts, CSU Monterey Bay, will kick off listening tours in spring […]

Medical Service Line Changes in Santa Clara

Who What The Regional Medical Center of San Jose has notified the Santa Clara County EMSA it plans to close and modify certain service lines: Takeaway/Next Steps Following the news, the Santa Clara County EMSA began conducting an impact study that will be disseminated to the hospitals and other stakeholders in mid-March. The Board of Supervisors […]

Sonoma County Focuses on Behavioral Health Needs 

Who What Sonoma County is progressing toward better serving the behavioral health needs of its community. Continuing a multi-year process of collaboration with hospitals and other health care organizations, the county gathered leaders in February to share updates and note significant progress.   Within the next two years, the county will:   The expansion of behavioral health […]

UCSF Health Reaches Agreement with Dignity Health to Acquire Two San Francisco Hospitals

Who What UCSF Health has signed a definitive agreement with Dignity Health to acquire Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, along with associated outpatient clinics in San Francisco. UCSF Health hopes to close the transaction this spring.   UCSF Health has committed to maintaining Saint Francis and St. Mary’s existing services, ensuring patients have […]

Hospital Council Engages on Jobs and EMS Access

Who What At a public meeting on Feb. 8, the Sacramento County health officer committed the county to not pursuing financial penalties on hospitals for missing ambulance patient offload time (APOT) targets. This is to ensure a collaborative approach to APOT improvement.   The county hosted an APOT summit on Feb. 13 designed to unite hospital […]

APOT Time Discussions Continue in Sacramento Area

Who What At a public meeting on Feb. 8, the Sacramento County health officer committed the county to not pursuing financial penalties on hospitals for missing ambulance patient offload time (APOT) targets. This is to ensure a collaborative approach to APOT improvement.   The county hosted an APOT summit on Feb. 13 designed to unite hospital […]

Contra Costa Fire Protection District to Implement New APOT Policy in March  

Who What The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and its ambulance subcontractor, AMR, plan to implement a new ambulance patient offload time (APOT) policy in March. Under the new policy, ambulance personnel who have been waiting for 60 minutes to transfer patients in need of hospital emergency department (ED) services may “immediately mov[e] the […]

Orchestrating Health Care Accessibility in Rural California

Who What As member hospitals and Humboldt County progress toward the construction of a behavioral health crisis triage center (a plan developed with Hospital Council in 2022), 2024 is shaping up to be a year of community collaboratives. Sonoma County has announced a multi-county behavioral health collaborative day on May 30, Adventist Health’s Ukiah Valley Incubate […]

City of Berkeley Fair Workweek Ordinance Becomes Effective Jan. 12 

Who

Hospitals with health care facilities located in the city of Berkeley   

What

The city of Berkeley’s Fair Workweek Ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 12. Passed in 2022, the ordinance requires employers in Berkeley to adhere to certain scheduling and notification requirements for shifts, provide predictability pay to all employees, and offer work to existing employees first.