March 31, 2014
Leaders of major health care organizations in Sonoma and Marin, Napa and Solano counties, listed alphabetically by last name: Adventist Health, Alexander Valley Healthcare, Alliance Medical Center, Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital, Community Health Clinic Ole, Healdsburg District Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center of San Rafael, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, Kentfield Rehabiliation & Specialty Hospital, Marin Community Clinics, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Marin General Hospital, Meritage Medical Network, Napa County Health and Human Services Agency, NorthBay Healthcare, NorthBay Medical Center, Northern California Medical Associates, Novato Community Hospital, Palm Drive Hospital, Petaluma Health Center, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Prima Medical Group, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Redwood Community Health Coalition, Redwood Regional Medical Group, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Hospital, St. Helena Hospital, St. Joseph Health, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, Sutter Health, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, Sutter Solano Medical Center, VacaValley Hospital and West County Health Centers.
March 10, 2014
NOVATO — The Prima Medical Group recently brought on Wayne Fairchild as its new CEO, where he will help spearhead efforts in expanding throughout the North Bay amid a shifting business landscape under the continued implementation of health care reform.
He will help guide Prima Medical Group as it looks to serve as an alternative to both Sutter Health- and Kaiser Permanente-affiliated physicians, organizations that dominate much of the North Bay.
February 24, 2014
NOVATO — Meritage Accountable Care Organization, the ACO established under the Affordable Care Act by Novato-based Meritage Medical Network, is expanding its relationship with Santa Clara-based CareInSync and its mobile-based platform to curb hospital readmission rates into Marin and Sonoma counties.
October 28, 2013
Nearly a year after becoming the North Bay’s first accountable care organization under the federal health care overhaul, Meritage Medical Network is reporting positive, albeit preliminary, results on readmission rates and improved outcomes. …
Meritage Medical Network was also recently named as a top performer by the Integrated Healthcare Associations, one of 45 physician organizations to earn the distinction and one of three in the North Bay. …
Napa Medical Center, a 66,000-square-foot medical office building adjacent to Queen of the Valley, has undergone significant renovation in the last two years, with New York-based Seavest Healthcare Properties pumping more than $3 million into the property it purchased in 2011. …
Terry Newmyer last week resigned as CEO of Adventist Health’s St. Helena Hospital Region and Northern California Network, which includes hospitals in Vallejo, St. Helena, Clearlake and Mendocino County. …
Satellite Healthcare, a not-for-profit provider of kidney dialysis services and sponsor for kidney research, recently opened a Rohnert Park location at 6265 Commerce Blvd. …
October 7, 2013
SAN RAFAEL — Long Beach-based SCAN Health Plan, a not-for-profit Medicare Advantage carrier, announced it will expand into Marin County, where it will partner with Marin General Hospital and the Meritage Medical Network.
March 27, 2013
Health plans and providers in the North Bay overall received high marks in a state survey from the state Office of the Patient Advocate.
January 10, 2013
NOVATO — The Meritage Medical Network today was approved as an accountable care organization under a Medicare initiative stemming from the new health care law.
December 17, 2012
Three North Bay hospitals received “A” grades for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, considered the industry standard for hospital surveys. Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Rafael and Santa Rosa and St. Joseph Health-operated Petaluma Valley Hospital each received the ranking from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. …
Sound Physicians, a Tacoma-based hospitalist organization, announced an agreement to provide comprehensive hospitalist services at Sonoma Valley Hospital. …
Operation Access, a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize a network of medical volunteers, hospitals and community health centers to provide access to surgeons for low-income and uninsured people, recently held its celebration of volunteers at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. …
Partnership Health Plan of California recently honored the Petaluma Health Center for achieving 100 percent of the nonprofit, managed Medi-Cal health plans’ goals. …
Sutter Health announced the appointment of Stephen Nolte as chief executive officer of Sutter’s recently announced health plan, which is currently in development in Sacramento. …
St. Helena Hospital recently raised $1.5 million at its annual foundation gala held at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville. …
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, plans to introduce legislation that would expand the powers of nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other health care workers as a means to address a shortage of primary care physicians, a problem that experts have long warned will be exacerbated by health care reform. …
November 26, 2012
Narrow networks are coming to the North Bay.
Blue Shield of California will launch its SaveNet HMO in Marin and Sonoma counties in 2013, forming a narrow network around Novato-based Meritage Medical Network and Sonoma County Primary Care.
October 29, 2012
The Meritage Medical Network, formerly known as the Marin-Sonoma IPA, has officially made known its plan to earn accountable care organization, or ACO, designation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act of 2010. …
Mendocino Coast District Hospital, a 25-bed nonprofit critical access facility, is seeking bankruptcy court protection from creditors as it seeks to reorganize its debts while keeping the doors open. …
Evan Rayner, Healdsburg District Hospital chief executive officer, is stepping down from his position, according to the North Sonoma County Healthcare District, which owns and operates the 43-bed hospital. …
September 24, 2012
Now that Western Health Advantage formally announced its expansion into the North Bay, existing care providers said the arrival of a new health plan is an important step in providing choice for employers and consumers and will help those involved move toward a more integrated model of care.
It also caps off years of planning among the region’s hospitals and independent physicians, who collectively sought collaborations amid an increasingly competitive, consolidating health care landscape spurred by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
September 14, 2012
Western Health Advantage formally announced its plan to expand into the North Bay, adding Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties to its roster with hopes of offering a commercial health plan for employers and individuals by Jan. 1.
The Sacramento-based HMO in June only listed Sonoma and Marin counties for expansion, but it later included Napa County.
August 29, 2012
NOVATO — The Marin-Sonoma IPA today announced its name is now Meritage Medical Network, citing the need to identify itself beyond specific geographic areas as it charts future growth while signaling a first step to becoming an accountable care organization, or ACO