California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of June 19, 2015
Hoag Hospital Foundation
The Hoag Hospital Foundation has received $5 million from private donors to establish an endowed chair in women's health, the Orange County Register reports.
The donation also will help the foundation expand its Hoag Women's Health Institute's research, education and program development efforts, such as recruiting new doctors and piloting women's health projects (Ritchie, Orange County Register, 6/16).
Palomar Health Downtown Campus, Escondido
On Monday, Palomar Health executives presented a proposal that recommended closing down the Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido, FOX 5 reports.
Under the proposal, patient care would be transitioned to the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway. Board members are expected to vote on the plan in about two weeks (Audencial, FOX 5, 6/16).
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is taking steps to minimize water usage during one of the most severe droughts in California's history, Modern Healthcare reports.
Under a $430,000 project expected to be finished in July, the medical center will used reclaimed water for all of its irrigation systems. The hospital is expected to conserve about 15 million gallons of water annually (Rubenfire, Modern Healthcare, 6/17).
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
The Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has increased its mental health services offerings, according to a release.
Specifically, the health system has added a 4,000-square-foot expansion to its Community Outpatient Clinic in Oxnard to help meet increased demand for mental health care services (VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System release, 6/5).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.