June 9, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — The board of the Palm Drive Health Care District on Monday night is expected to approve Daymon Doss, a veteran health care administrator with more than 35 years’ experience, as executive director of the district as it seeks a sustainable path following the bankruptcy and shuttering of the 37-bed hospital.
April 27, 2014
With the closure of long-struggling Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol all but assured, hospital executives and health care experts are pointing to the failed facility as perhaps the most vivid example of the myriad challenges facing the hospital industry as a whole.
Although the issues leading to Palm Drive’s closure were multifaceted, in some cases specific to geographical challenges, the small but beloved hospital is far from alone in the ongoing evolution of the Affordable Care Act world of health care reform, experts said.
March 31, 2014
SANTA ROSA – Annadel Medical Group, part of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, announced another influx of six physicians, in addition to assuming the practice of recently retired Healdsburg pediatrician Dr. Damian Mardsen.
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.
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.