South Bay

About South Bay

Hospital Council’s South Bay section includes Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties, home to eight hospitals that represent over 1,200 licensed beds.






Delayed Implementation of SB 43 in the South Bay



In early October, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 43, which expands the definition of “gravely disabled” in the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to include substance abuse. The legislation gave counties an option to delay implementation until January 2026.  

Santa Clara Section Sees Leadership Changes

Who What The Santa Clara Section held its last section meeting of the year on Oct. 31. The group thanked Paul King, CEO of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, for his leadership over the last two years as the section chair and director on the Hospital Council board. The group voted in Eric Willams, senior vice president […]

Workforce Initiative to Launch in Santa Clara County

Who What At the Santa Clara Section meeting on Oct. 31, Kaiser – San Jose medical administration leader Priya Smith and Hospital Council RVP Jo Coffaro discussed plans to co-lead a new workforce initiative called Next Gen.    The goal of the initiative is to identify workforce challenges and collaborate with partners such as community clinics, […]

Application Submitted for Santa Clara EMS Trust Fund Grant

Who What On behalf of the Santa Clara County Hospital Emergency Preparedness Partners, Hospital Council has submitted an application for a Santa Clara Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Trust Fund Grant of $100,000. The grant would be used to purchase mobile incident command centers for Santa Clara County hospitals.      The ability for first responders and key hospital […]

CalAIM-Enhanced Managed Care Partners Express Concerns in the South Bay

Who What Over the last several months, Hospital Council regional vice presidents (RVPs) have attended collaborative meetings that focused on the implementation of California Innovating and Advancing Medi-Cal (CalAIM) in their designated communities. Through this work, the RVPs have learned about implementation plans, challenges, and partners in providing care outside the hospital walls. This work […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meeting Focuses on Homeless Services in Santa Cruz County

Who What In early June, Hospital Council coordinated a meeting with the Santa Cruz County health and human services, the county behavioral health department, the Medi-Cal managed care plan (CCAH), homeless services providers, housing advocates, and the hospitals to discuss Senate Bill 1152 and discharge barriers. The purpose of the meeting was to get a […]