California Hospital News Roundup for May 29
Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo
Last week, employees of Doctors Medical Center voted 158-24 to leave the Service Employees International Union and join the new National Union of Healthcare Workers, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
NUHW, a breakaway of SEIU, was formed by former United Healthcare Workers West President Sal Rosselli.
The vote was certified by the California Public Employment Relations Board (Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, 5/21).
Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta
On May 21, hospital officials held a "topping-off ceremony" for the new Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
The facility is on schedule to open in early 2011, according to hospital officials. The hospital is expected to create 500 new jobs and provide a variety of services currently unavailable in the area (Burgin, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/21).
Rancho Springs Hospital, Murrieta
On May 22, Rancho Springs Hospital reopened three operating rooms after a weeklong closure for repairs, the Press-Enterprise reports.
State officials ordered the closure after discovering problems with the facility's heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (Burgin, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/23).
Valley Health System
Valley Health System has voted to end its contract with Quorum Health Resources effective May 31, the Press-Enterprise reports.
Quorum Health Resources has managed Valley Health System facilities since 2007.The termination comes after five consecutive months of financial losses for the hospital district (Hines, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 5/27). 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.