California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of June 14, 2013
California Health Care Facility, Stockton
California Health Care Facility in Stockton -- a $900 million prison hospital -- is nearing completion, with its first patients scheduled to arrive in early July, the CorrectionsOne/Modesto Bee reports.
As many as 1,722 inmates with chronic health conditions or mental illnesses are expected to be transferred to the facility from state prisons (Sbranti, CorrectionsOne/Modesto Bee, 6/12).
Enloe Medical Center, Chico
The patient satisfaction scores at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have increased by about 30 percentage points since 2008, according to a nationwide survey, the Chico Enterprise-Record reports.
Nicole Johansson -- director of marketing and communication at Enloe -- said the survey data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems show that Enloe's patient satisfaction scores increased from 47% in 2008 to 77% in 2013.
The hospital now is ranked 12th out of 245 California hospitals included in the survey (Cameron, Chico Enterprise-Record, 6/10).
Glendale Adventist Medical Center; Glendale Memorial Hospital; Verdugo Hills Hospital, Glendale
Last month, the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition discussed establishing a health information exchange that would allow Glendale's three hospitals to share patient information, the Glendale News-Press reports.
The three hospitals are Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Bruce Nelson, director of community services at Glendale Adventist, said the hospital is surveying interest levels from coalition members and will begin the process of planning the exchange if enough members express support (Siegal, Glendale News-Press, 6/8).
UC-San Francisco Medical Center; Washington Hospital, Fremont
On Wednesday, Washington Hospital and the UC-San Francisco Medical Center agreed to a partnership that aims to expand services for students and patients, the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times reports.Â
Washington CEO Nancy Farber said that the partnership was "not a merger or acquisition."Under the agreement, the hospitals will work to establish a shared electronic health record system, enhance specialty services, aid the transfer of patients to and from UCSF and provide additional clinical training opportunities for medical students (McGlone, Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times, 6/12). 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.