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North Bay Section Meeting

Who What Hospital leadership from Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties convened on Nov. 2 at a Lake County farm to receive a 2022 overview from Hospital Council President & CEO Bryan Bucklew; discuss rural health care and workforce development with Peggy Wheeler, CHA vice president, policy; and network among colleagues. The section also welcomed […]

Planning for RSV in the Bay Area

Who What Hospital Council is working with regional medical health operational area coordinators to organize a Bay Area call regarding respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The purpose is to gain a better understanding of how RSV is affecting our local hospitals and see if there is a need for level loading. We are asking for the […]

Santa Clara County Administrator Announces Retirement

What On Oct. 28, Dr. Jeff Smith, the county administrator for Santa Clara, publicly announced his retirement. On Nov. 1, the Board of Supervisors appointed a new chief administrative officer, James Williams. This decision was made in closed session on Oct. 17. The supervisors are confident in his ability, and believe he encompasses all of […]

Rep. Costa Discusses Nursing Shortage

Who What The office of Rep. Jim Costa requested a meeting with Hospital Council to discuss the impacts of the nursing shortage on Central California’s hospitals. The initial meeting covered the issues at play and set the stage for future collaboration involving hospital members, colleges, and elected officials. Hospital Council and Rep. Costa’s office are […]

East Bay Hospitals Revise Mutual Aid Agreement

Who What In 2009, at the request of East Bay hospitals, Hospital Council drafted an East Bay Hospital Mutual Aid Agreement. The agreement is voluntary, with the goal of assisting hospitals in meeting Joint Commission emergency management standards and supporting each hospital or health system’s disaster plan. The agreement is not intended to override any […]

CalAIM Presents Opportunities, Raises Questions for Hospitals

Who What With its many significant changes, the state’s launch of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) program presents opportunities but also raises some questions. One question is how CalAIM’s enhanced care management and community supports will benefit the patients who hospitals serve. Another is where does it make sense for hospitals to participate […]

Ebola Planning Meeting Convened

Who What At the request of Sacramento County Public Health, Hospital Council convened a meeting with hospital executives and emergency planners to identify if any hospital could serve as an Ebola assessment facility, and if not, what would the California Department of Public Health have to do to make that happen. The hospital leaders who […]

Developing a Framework for Handling Disruptions to the Healthcare System

Who What During the last heat wave, several hospitals experienced blackouts due to the overload to the power grid, including three hospitals in Santa Clara County. Two of the three hospitals experienced generator issues and were without power to some critical areas of the hospital. One of these hospitals experienced these generator problems for 48 […]