Central Valley

About Central Valley

Hospital Council’s Central Valley presence includes:

  • The Kern / Eastern Sierra Section, comprised of 14 hospitals that represent over 1,600 licensed beds in Inyo, Kern and Mono Counties.
  • The Fresno / Madera Section, comprised of 12 hospitals that represent over 2,200 licensed beds in Fresno and Madera Counties.
  • The Central Coast Section, comprised of four hospitals that represent approximately 451 licensed beds, in San Luis Obispo County.
  • The Tulare / Kings Section, comprised of four hospitals that represent over 800 licensed beds in Tulare and Kings counties.

2025 Community Health Needs Assessment

Central Valley CEOs Meet with Sen. Anna Caballero 

Who What On March 18, Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Merced) met with hospital CEOs in the Central Valley portions of her district. The CEOs thanked the senator for her authorship of the California Hospital Association’s (CHA) current seismic legislation. Over the course of the productive conversation, CEOs also shared their priorities and concerns, chief among them […]

Kern and Eastern Sierra Hospitals Plan for 2024

Who What On Nov. 2, CEOs from the Kern/Eastern Sierra Section held their final meeting of the year. In addition to reviewing the 2023 legislative year and looking ahead to the priorities for 2024, the CEOs focused on plans for seismic compliance and community ally-building. Work is underway to build allies, and the section’s CEOs will work […]

5150 Workgroup Holds First In-Person Meeting Since 2020

Who What Hospital Council’s Fresno/Madera/Tulare/Kings section regularly convenes a behavioral health workgroup, locally called the 5150 workgroup, which includes hospital members and county partners. Their recent September meeting marked the first in-person meeting of the 5150 workgroup since 2020 and was held at the Central Valley’s newest behavioral health hospital, River Vista. The hospital began accepting […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summit Attendees Brainstorm Ideas to Address Central Valley’s Nursing Shortage

Who What In late June, Rep. Jim Costa hosted a nursing summit for representatives from academia, health care, elected officials’ offices, and the Board of Registered Nursing to brainstorm ideas to combat the nursing workforce shortage in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Attendees were divided into groups and given questions to solve with out-of-the-box solutions from […]

Exploring Ways to Support Broadband Access in the Central Valley

Who Member hospitals Hospital Council California Association of Health Facilities What Hospital Council is engaging with member hospitals and other health care entities in the Central Valley to explore ways to support and expand equal broadband access throughout this portion of the state. Access to reliable, high-speed internet is critical to the facilitation of telehealth […]

Hospital Council Continues Efforts on Good Jobs Challenge

Who • Hospital Council• Central Valley Workforce Development Agencies• Member hospitals What Hospital Council has been participating in the Good Jobs Challenge grant to fund more nursing education for the Central Valley. Hospital Council has helped the workforce agencies connect with members to provide feedback on what is needed in the future workforce and has […]