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.






Hospitals Impacted by Santa Clara County Budget Concerns

Who What Santa Clara County’s budget work has begun for the coming fiscal year, and questions regarding changes to excess Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) allocation are at the forefront. As one of five counties that have excess ERAFs, Santa Clara County uses the supplemental funds for a variety of activities to support operations and […]

Next Gen Workforce Pipeline Talks Begin in Santa Clara

Who What Thirteen health care leaders from hospitals, community clinics, skilled-nursing facilities, and behavioral health facilities joined a conversation on health care workforce challenges. They discussed a framework to address the challenges using a collaboration methodology called Next Gen Health Sector Partnerships.    The April 16 meeting resulted in the creation of workgroups on:  Takeaway/Next Steps […]

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 […]

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 […]