Archive for March, 2010

Assemblyman Wes Chesbro
—Posted Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 5:37 pm— « »

Wes Chesbro and Anita West, RN

Wes Chesbro and Anita West, RN

I believe that we are, indeed, very fortunate to have Mr. Wes Chesbro as our State Assemblyman for our District.  Mr. Chesbro has a history of being supportive to, not only our rural hospital but, all rural hospitals in the State of California.  As a State Senator in 2003, Chesbro authored Senate Bill 376 which allowed Direct Employment of Physicians by Certain District Hospitals in California.   That landmark bill sunseted in 2006 and so, today in 2010, we still do not have legal employment of physicians by hospitals in California.  As a State Assemblyman, Mr. Chesbro continue to support Physician Employment with his current bill, Assembly Bill 648.  On Saturday, March 13 Assemblyman Chesbro and 2 aides stopped by our hospital for a briefing on our Healing Hospital program, as well as on issues of concern to rural hospitals.  They then toured our hospital.  Perhaps the 2 highlights of the tour, were a meeting between Mr. Chesbro and 1 of our Emergency Department Nurses, Anita West (pictured with Mr. Chesbro).  Anita spoke about her recent experience as a nurse volunteering in earthquake stricken Haiti.  (more…)

Collapetition
—Posted Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 8:16 pm— « »

DSCN1190I saw an article recently in Modern Healthcare magazine that spoke about “Outpatient Outlook” and focused on subjects relating to outpatient care today.  Some of the areas were the transition from inpatient procedures to outpatient procedures and patient safety.   One quote really caught my eye.   One of the panelists, Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.    Bonick coined the term “collapetition,” which he defined as collaborating and competing at the same time.    It occurred to me that “collapetition” is happening in Mendocino County.  You may have seen a copy of the magazine that it pictured in this post called “Life & Health” magazine.   

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