California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of February 6, 2015
Southern California Hospital, Culver City
Some patients at Southern California Hospital were temporarily evacuated after a fire broke out at the facility, the Los Angeles Times "L.A. Now" reports (Rocha, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 1/29).
Culver City Mayor Megan Sahli-Wells (D) said no one was injured and that the fire was extinguished shortly after it started ("KPCC News," AP/KPCC, 1/29).
Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside
Tri-City Medical Center has received approval from the hospital's board of directors to move forward with a campus redevelopment plan, according to a hospital release.
The plan will include seismic compliance, a new emergency department and an additional parking facility (Tri-City Medical Center release, 2/2).
UC-Davis Medical Center
UC-Davis Medical Center has been penalized by Medicare for high rates of infection and other complications, the Sacramento Bee's "Healthy Choices" reports. It was the only hospital in the Sacramento area to be penalized.
The hospital received a 1% reduction in Medicare reimbursements for the high rate of hospital-acquired conditions. The reduction could add up to a $1.78 million loss because of its high volume of Medicare patients, according to a hospital official (Craft, "Healthy Choices," Sacramento Bee, 2/5).
UC-San Francisco Medical Center, Mission Bay
The newly opened UC-San Francisco Medical Center in Mission Bay has implemented a fleet of robots to assist with operations around the hospital, the Bay City News Service/San Jose Mercury News reports.
The 25 robots, created by Aethon, cost about $6 million and are equipped with sensors and programmed to transport items -- such as meals, medications and lab specimens -- around the facility (Bay City News Service/San Jose Mercury News, 1/30).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.