California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of August 14, 2015
Daughters of Charity Medical Foundation
The Department of Managed Health Care has lifted a cease-and-desist order against a medical group affiliated with the Daughters of Charity Health System, Payers & Providers reports.
In March, DMHC issued the order against the Daughters of Charity Medical Foundation for violating state laws that required it to have a certain level of net tangible equity on hand. DCMF, which had negative equity since the third quarter of 2014, satisfied DMHC's requirements earlier this summer (Payers & Providers, 8/12).
Kaiser Permanente has reported an operating income of $1.5 billion on revenue of about $30.3 billion for the first six months of 2015, the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk" reports.
In comparison, Kaiser during the first half of 2014 reported an operating income of $1.5 billion on revenue of $27.9 billion. During the second quarter of 2015, revenue jumped by 9.3% and income increased by 16.5%, compared with Q2 2014 (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 8/7).
Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital
Within several months of implementing the lean management philosophy from Toyota, Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Hospital saw a twofold increase in the average number of new patients staffers saw at the clinic per day, Kaiser Health News reports.
The hospital also saw a decrease in the time patients spent at the facility (Gorman, Kaiser Health News, 8/5).
Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna
Registered nurses at Redwood Memorial Hospital have voted to join the California Nurses Association, according to a release.
Nurses at the hospital -- which is part of the St. Joseph Health system -- join more than 1,500 nurses at five other St. Joseph facilities who already are part of CNA (CNA release/Eureka Times-Standard, 8/10).
Sonora Regional Medical Center
This month, Sonora Regional Medical Center plans to unveil a new center for spinal health, the Sonora Union Democrat reports.
The Center for Spine Health, which is set to open Aug. 20, will offer a variety of services, including healthy lifestyle recommendations, physical therapy, minimally invasive spine pain procedures and reconstructive spine surgery.
Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento
The remaining patients at the now-closed Sutter Memorial Hospital have been transferred to Sutter's new midtown campus, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. New mothers were transferred to the new Anderson Luchetti Women's and Children's Center (Goodman, Sacramento Business Journal, 8/10).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.