California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of April 17, 2015
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
Construction on the new California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has started, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The $2 billion, 250,000-square-foot hospital is expected to open in 2019 (Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 4/14).
Children's Hospital of Orange County
The Children's Hospital of Orange County has become the third member owner of and investor in the Innovation Institute, a health care incubator in the area, according to a release.
CHOC President and CEO Kimberly Chavalas Cripe said, "We are pleased to be affiliated with the Innovation Institute, and are excited to have a place where our talented physicians and employees can go to vet their ideas and bring them to life" (The Innovation Center release, 3/30).
Daughters of Charity Health System
The Daughters of Charity Health System plans to cut various services at two of its facilities in order "to save the hospitals," Becker's Hospital Review reports.
The Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy will cut its pediatric services as well as its labor and delivery unit. Meanwhile, the health system's O'Connor Hospital in San Jose will cut its neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient physical therapy department, as well as reconfigure its pediatrics unit (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/15).
In March, Prime Healthcare Services withdrew its offer to buy the cash-strapped system's six safety-net hospitals (Gorn, California Healthline, 3/11).
Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae
The Marin General Hospital's Marin Cancer Institute has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, according to a hospital release.
The facility was the only cancer institute in Northern California to win the award, earning it for the third time since 2008 (Hospital release, 4/13).
VA Northern California Health Care System
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Northern California Health Care System has opened a new medical center for veterans with mental health issues, the Sacramento Bee's "Healthy Choices" reports.
VA officials have estimated that the new 16-bed facility likely will treat about 840 patients annually (Craft, "Healthy Choices," Sacramento Bee, 4/10).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.