California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of October 24, 2008
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto
On Monday, Stanford Hospital and Clinics unveiled new construction plans for its Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The project will add 723,800 square feet to Stanford Hospital and 401,500 square feet to the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital in hopes of reducing overcrowding (Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, 10/20).
Oakland Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente has received a one month extension to submit plans to redesign Oakland Medical Center, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
The company aims to present an updated design to the Oakland Planning Commission Nov. 12 (Torres, San Francisco Business Times, 10/17).
Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
On Tuesday, Mission Hospital's new Women's Wellness Center opened, the Orange County Register reports.
The 15,000-square-foot facility offers specialized care in breast, heart and pelvic health (Ritchie, Orange County Register, 10/22).
St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
St. Agnes Hospital officials said they have flushed the hospital's water system to kill bacteria after a 26-year-old patient contracted Legionnaires' disease through the hospital's water supply, the Fresno Bee reports.
The hospital is installing a new chlorine dioxide water filtration system, according to Stacy Vaillancourt, vice president of marketing, communications and advocacy at St. Agnes (Correa, Fresno Bee, 10/22).
Employees represented by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West will stage a one-day strike at three hospitals owned by Sutter Health because of stalled contract negotiations, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.The union will strike at six other facilities. About 6,000 workers will participate at the nine hospitals (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 10/20). 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.