California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of June 5, 2015
Adventist Health, Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation
Adventist Health has donated $2 million to the Lodi Health Memorial Hospital Foundation, following their recent acquisition, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 6/3).
Last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) approved Adventist's acquisition of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association (California Healthline, 5/29).
Lodi Health officially became part of Adventist on Tuesday, and the health system plans to implement a new electronic health record system and invest at least $98 million in capital improvements (Sacramento Business Journal, 6/3).
Loma Linda University Medical Center
The Riverside Board of Supervisors has approved a partnership between Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Riverside University Health System to design and implement a shared electronic records platform, the Banning-Beaumont Patch reports.
An board initially approved $500,000 for the project, but officials said the final coast could reach $53.1 million over three years. Future appropriations will be considered by the board on an individual basis (Nguyen, Banning-Beaumont Patch, 6/3).
Mercy Hospital of Folsom
Dignity Health has started planning an expansion of its Mercy Hospital of Folsom, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Construction on the new $70 million patient and office tower likely will not begin for at least three years, according to health system spokesperson Melissa Jue (Sangree, Sacramento Bee, 6/1).
Riverside County Regional Medical Center
On Wednesday, the Riverside Board of Supervisors approved plans to expand the Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the Banning-Beaumont Patch reports.
The plan includes a new 30-acre complex aimed at attracting patients for specialist care (Banning-Beaumont Patch, 6/3).
San Francisco General Hospital
A new inpatient trauma center at San Francisco General Hospital is set to open in December, the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk" reports.
The $887.4 million tower is awaiting completion of necessary inspections and regulatory approvals, as well as preparation of patient rooms (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 5/26). The hospital received a $75 million donation from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife to help build the center (California Healthline, 2/20).
UC-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland
The Oakland City Council has approved UC-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital's $500 million rebuilding plan, the San Francisco Business Times' "Bay Area BizTalk" reports.
The council unanimously voted to approve the hospital's 10-year master plan, the first phase of which will cost about $180 million and will include constructing a new outpatient center (Rauber, "Bay Area BizTalk," San Francisco Business Times, 6/3).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.