California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of April 11, 2014
Children's Hospital Oakland
Last week, Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Geoff Hunter said a fire that burned the administrative offices of Children's Hospital Oakland is being investigated as arson, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.
The fire caused about $150,000 worth of damage to the facility. No one was in the building at the time of the fire (AP/U-T San Diego, 4/4).
Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Rady Children's Hospital has purchased eight robots designed to help physicians make diagnoses and perform medical check-ups via telemedicine, CBS8 reports.
The hospital intends to purchase eight more of the devices, which cost $8,000 each (Zevely, CBS8, 4/9).
Sutter Davis Hospital
This week, U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker awarded Sutter Davis Hospital the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in recognition of the hospital's innovation and performance achievements in health care, Occupational Health & Safety reports.
According to the announcement, Davis Hospital has since 2010 ranked in the top 10% for quality metrics reported to CMS and it ranks in the top 10% nationally for low post-operative surgical infection rates (Occupational Health & Safety, 4/10)
Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento
On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously voted to demolish Sutter Memorial Hospital and replace it with more than 100 residential homes, Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reports. Under the approved plan, the hospital will be relocated to Sutter's facilities in the midtown area.
The plan calls for Sutter Memorial Hospital to be decommissioned this winter (Milne, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 4/9).
UC-San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospitals
On Tuesday, Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife announced that they will donate $100 million to UC-San Francisco's Benioff Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Oakland, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/8).
According to the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk," the announcement finalizes a merger between the two hospitals, which now be known collectively as the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 4/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.