California Hospital News Roundup for the Week of October 24, 2014
Adventist Health/Central Valley Network, Children's Hospital Central California
Children's Hospital Central California and Adventist Health/Central Valley Network have partnered to build a $10 million medical plaza in Fowler to increase access to health care, the Business Journal reports. The medical plaza will provide pediatric and adult health care services, as well as laboratory and medical imaging.
CHCC and Adventist also are partnering to expand neonatal intensive care services in Kings County, as well as to increase the number of pediatricians and pediatric specialists available in other rural communities (Business Journal, 10/21).
Children's Hospital Central California, Sante Community Physicians
Children's Hospital Central California has ended its 16-year partnership with Sante Community Physicians, KFSN-TV reports.
According to KFSN-TV, hundreds of appointments were canceled just before the announcement, of which 350 have been rescheduled with SCP. Officials said patient families would be allowed to schedule appointments with no change to their rates (Stone, KFSN-TV, 10/15).
Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo
On Monday, Mission Hospital announced that it was resuming elective surgeries at its Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach locations, the Orange County Register reports (Chandler, Orange County Register, 10/23).
Mission Hospital officials put all elective surgeries on hold and closed its 14 operating rooms at the two locations following a Joint Commission preliminary decision to deny the hospital accreditation after four patients developed surgical site infections (California Healthline, 10/17). Officials said they have reopened the five ORs at the Laguna Beach campus and planned to open the other nine in Mission Viejo on Wednesday after training staff on new infection control policies (Orange County Register, 10/23).
UC-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
UC-Davis Medical Center officials say that hospital staff has undergone training to care for patients with Ebola, KCRA reports.
Chief Medical Officer Douglas Kirk said the hospital also has 500 packages of protective suits on hand, as well as fliers urging patients to immediately notify staff members if they have traveled to West Africa or are experiencing flu-like symptoms (Shams, KCRA, 10/16).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.