California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of May 8, 2015
Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital
A year after implementation, a telehealth program at Dignity Health Woodland Memorial Hospital has helped improve patient outcomes and satisfaction among patients with multiple chronic conditions, FierceHealthIT reports.
For example, the hospital's patient satisfaction score reached 91% a year after the program was implemented. Meanwhile, the hospital experienced a 60% reduction in mortality rates and a 40% reduction in emergency department transfers (MacDonald, FierceHealthIT, 5/5).
El Centro Regional Medical Center, UC-San Diego Health System
El Centro Regional Medical Center and UC-San Diego Health System have entered into a long-term management services agreement, according to a release.
Under the agreement, the UC-San Diego Health System will conduct a review of the medical center's operational and clinical deficiencies, and together they will develop a new management plan for certain divisions of the hospital (ECRMC release, 5/6).
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Good Samaritan Hospital's B1 bond rating, according to a Moody's release.
The affirmed rating suggests a stable outlook for the hospital, in part because of support from the California Provider Fee Program. However, the hospital's operating performance has been declining in the last two years (Moody's release, 5/5).
Sutter Health's new Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children Center is set to open on Aug. 8, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.
While the pediatric emergency department has been completed at the center, it is awaiting the completion of additional operating rooms, specialized surgery suites and cardiac labs (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 5/6).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.