February 10, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Annadel Medical Group announced that five new physicians will join the practice, bringing the total number of physicians in Sonoma County to 66 at the St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare-affiliated group.
November 11, 2013
Katy Hillenmeyer is a spokesperson for St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County, which oversees Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, along with numerous health clinics and urgent care centers.
September 9, 2013
The Petaluma Health Care District, a public agency which owns Petaluma Valley Hospital and leases its operation to St. Joseph Health, is asking Petaluma City Council to bring a new health care partner to town by approving the development of a Walgreens at the corner of Lynch Creek Way and North McDowell Boulevard.
July 17, 2013
SANTA ROSA — St. Joseph Health is notifying 37 employees in Sonoma County that their positions are being eliminated as part of a broader effort to reduce costs by $15 million over the next year, officials said today.
June 24, 2013
Jane Read is vice president for operations of St Joseph Health’s Petaluma Valley Hospital.
June 17, 2013
Hospitals across five North Bay counties generate at least $4.9 billion in annual spending and support more than 35,400 jobs, according to a report by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California.
June 6, 2013
PETALUMA — Registered nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital and two other St. Joseph Health-affiliated facilities today reached a tentative accord with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to the California Nurses Association.
February 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — After a national search, St. Joseph Health appointed David Ziolkowski as its new chief operating officer in Sonoma County, overseeing Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, along with a number of other outpatient and community health services.
February 18, 2013
Value-Based Purchasing is a Medicare program started in January that seeks to hold hospitals accountable for the care they provide.
Last year, Medicare rolled out penalties for hospitals that have too many returning patients within a month.
This chart shows the effect of the two programs combined.
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 12, 2012
Todd Salnas was appointed president of St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County in July 2012, overseeing operations for Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals, as well as a variety of non-acute care services throughout the county. Mr. Salnas, 39, joined St. Joseph Health in 2009 and previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Sonoma County.
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 20, 2012
Western Health Advantage has filed for an expansion of its business into Marin and Sonoma counties, where it hopes to partner with the Marin-Sonoma IPA and much of the region’s hospitals in offering a new health plan for employers and individuals
June 18, 2012
In an effort to gauge how the region’s major employers are dealing with continued economic uncertainty, the North Bay Business Journal reached out to major companies with a series of employment-related questions, in addition to identifying the top human resources professional at each organization.
The results, from tech to health care, to hospitality to manufacturing, show that many of the major players are faring better, some even thriving, but challenges nonetheless remain.
June 5, 2012
Petaluma Valley Hospital, operated by St. Joseph Health, received a one-day strike notice from the California Nurses Association for June 13, part of a wider strike to be held that day primarily at Sutter Health–affiliated hospitals throughout the North Bay and state.
May 14, 2012
St. Joseph Health System, which owns and operates Santa Rosa Memorial, Queen of the Valley and Petaluma Valley hospitals in the North Bay, is officially dropping “system” from its formal name, which is now just St. Joseph Health.
April 9, 2012
SANTA ROSA — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against St. Joseph Health System, which operates Santa Rosa Memorial, Petaluma Valley and Queen of the Valley hospitals, for allowing private patient data to be searchable online for 31,800 patients across the system’s California hospitals, including about 10,000 patients locally.
March 5, 2012
NorthBay Healthcare has joined the network of Minnesota-based UnitedHealthCare, which will enable some 11,000 Solano County residents to be treated at NorthBay’s two hospitals and various clinics , the two companies announced.
January 9, 2012
SONOMA COUNTY — St. Joseph Health System announced that seven physicians recently joined the Annadel Medical Group in Sonoma County, bringing the total number of physicians in the foundation that contract with Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals to 43.
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