February 17, 2014
SEBASTOPOL and SACRAMENTO — Palm Drive Hospital is seeking special legislation that would allow it to refinance bond debts, which in turn would help the financially struggling hospital remain afloat.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is currently crafting legislation “that would improve Palm Drive Hospital’s ability to pay for patient care as opposed to paying interest,” according to Mr. Levine’s office.
February 17, 2014
Simione Healthcare Consultants acquired Boyd & Nicholas, a health care consulting firm based in Rohnert Park. …
Santa Rosa-based Oakmont Senior Living is highlighting the recent opening of The Terraces. …
Sonoma Valley Health Care District said it has completed refinancing of the 2009 general obligation bonds. …
Joanne LaMonica, MD, a urologist, has joined Adventist Health-owned Ukiah Valley Medical Center. …
St. Joseph Health-operated Queen of the Valley’s CARE Network in Napa was honored by Premier. …
Kaiser Permanente said it has distributed grants totaling $49,000 to establish community partnerships with 12 elementary schools within the Santa Rosa City Schools District and two elementary schools — Laurel Dell and Short Elementary — in San Rafael.
Hospice by the Bay on March 19 will hold a free seminar, “The Life of Your Estate After Death: Probate and Trust Administration.”
February 17, 2014
SONOMA — Sonoma Valley Hospital is considering cutting obstetrics services at the 83-bed facility, the result of lessening volumes in that department, hospital CEO Kelly Mather said in a report to the heath care district board in mid-January.
February 6, 2014
SONOMA — The Sonoma Valley Health Care District announced it has completed refinancing of the 2009 General Obligation bonds, resulting in a $2.36 million reduction in interest paid on the bonds.
October 10, 2013
SONOMA — Sonoma Valley Hospital received a $1 million gift from the Weill Family Foundation, nearly completing a fundraising effort by the hospital to support its new $46 million emergency wing.
September 23, 2013
Sonoma Valley Hospital said it will open its new $46 million wing and newly built emergency and surgery departments on Nov. 16, capping five years of construction and fundraising that brings the hospital in line with state seismic standards. …
Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol recently obtained a 3D digital mammography, making it only the second hospital in Sonoma County to offer the new system that it says offers greater patient experience. …
REACH Air Medial Services in Santa Rosa has a new Eurocopter EC135 helicopter, part of an ongoing program to modernize its fleet of emergency air helicopters, the company said. …
Sapheon Inc., which left Santa Rosa about a year ago for North Carolina, announced recently that it raised $19.8 million in Series B funding from both current and new investors. …
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center announced the appointment of Rebecca Taylor-Ford to the position of accreditation, regulation and licensing risk director. …
August 12, 2013
Richard Reid is Marin General Hospital’s affiliate chief financial officer for Sonoma Valley Hospital and Palm Drive 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 4, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — Palm Drive Hospital recently laid out is 2014 operating budget, revealing improved financials at the 37-bed hospital while identifying specific goals to improve revenues as the facility continues to chart its way back from fiscal duress.
May 28, 2013
SONOMA — Sonoma Valley Hospital has notified 1,350 patients that their information was inadvertently posted on its website, hospital officials confirmed.
May 6, 2013
From Marin to Mendocino, current hospital projects represent at least $550 million worth of combined construction spending.
And it’s a number that will double if and when one of the largest projects — the $500 million rebuild of Marin General Hospital — gets off the ground.
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.
February 4, 2013
In its first month since getting state approval for expansion last fall, Sacramento-based HMO Western Health Advantage said it has enrolled some 750 persons into new employer health plans across Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties.
December 31, 2012
In the next 12 to 18 months, the North Bay will see significant hospital and health care construction, with at least half a dozen major projects entering key phases or reaching completion.
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. …
December 3, 2012
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Healthcare District on Monday will decide if it should transfer operations of its medical clinic to the Prima Medical Foundation, a move that, if approved, could help the 37-bed hospital bolster its finances while perhaps recruiting new physicians and adding new services.
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.
September 3, 2012
The Marin-Sonoma IPA announced its name is now Meritage Medical Network, citing a 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. …
Mark Zielazinski has joined Marin General Hospital as chief information and technology integration officer and will again be reporting to CEO Lee Domanico, for whom he worked at El Camino Hospital before Mr. Domanico left in 2006. …
The Palm Drive Health Care District recently voted to approve Tom Harlan as Palm Drive Hospital’s new chief executive officer. …
Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Center in Vacaville broke ground last week on a helipad that the hospital said will eventually be the largest to serve Solano County. …
Bill Boerum, currently treasurer of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District and in his sixth year on the board of directors, will be serving another four years because only he and two others filed for the three seats that were up for election this year. …
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
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