California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of January 9, 2015
Mount Sinai Health System
Mount Sinai Health System has partnered with UC-San Diego to launch a project designed to promote innovation in emergency medical services, according to a Mount Sinai release.
The project aims to identify regulatory, financial and technological barriers to EMS systems. It is supported by a $225,000 grant from HHS, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Health Affairs and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Mount Sinai Health System release, 1/7).
During the first three quarters of 2014, Sutter Health reported $224 million in operating income, up significantly from an $18 million loss during the same period in 2013, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
Overall, Stutter reported $228 million in net income for the first three quarters of 2014, up from $198 million in 2013. The hospital's operating revenue remained relatively stable, increasing from $7.23 billion to $7.24 billion (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 12/31/14).
This week, Tehachapi Hospital is beginning work on a seismic analysis as part of its efforts to obtain an extension against a deadline to comply with the state's seismic safety standards, Tehachapi News reports.
According to Tehachapi News, the district originally planned to decommission the hospital after construction of a new facility in the Capital Hills area of Tehachapi in 2016. However, delays in construction have required the hospital to remain in operation and evaluate its seismic status. The hospital might be able to pursue alternative means of compliance depending on the assessment results (Barnwell, Tehachapi News, 1/6).
UC-San Francisco Medical Center
A new UCSF Medical Center scheduled to open Feb. 1 will house three specialty hospitals, a medical office building and an outpatient center, the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk" reports.
The $1.52 billion facility includes 289 inpatient beds and 20 operating rooms. According to "Bay Area BizTalk," the facility currently is coming in about $30 million under budget (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 1/6).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.