California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of March 22, 2013
California Pacific Medical Center, Cathedral Hill
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a plan to allow California Pacific Medical Center to build its Cathedral Hill campus, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
David Chiu -- president of the board -- said the deal was the result of five months of negotiations.
The San Francisco Planning Commission is scheduled to review the deal in May (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 3/13).
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
In 2012, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Comprehensive Transplant Center performed more adult heart transplants than any other U.S. medical center for the third consecutive year, according to statistics compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
Cedars-Sinai surgeons performed heart transplants on 95 patients last year (Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterÂ release, 3/19).
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley
Riverside County Regional Medical Center officials estimate that the hospital will end fiscal year 2013 with a budget shortfall of about $10 million, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
Doug Bagley -- the hospital's CEO -- said the shortfall in part is the result of the hospital providing a significant amount of uncompensated care to certain patient groups, including county jail inmates and individuals with mental illnesses (Horseman, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 3/18).
St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard; St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, Camarillo
Most of the 36 nurses and other health care workers at St. John's hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo have obtained new positions or accepted voluntary severance packages, according to hospital officials, the Ventura County Star reports.Rita O'Connor -- communications director for the hospitals -- said that many staffers were reassigned to positions for which they were qualified, while 14 accepted severance packages (Gregory, Venture County Star, 3/13). 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.