Back in the ’70s, when the EMS system of today was in its infancy, the needs of those it served were much different. In those days, the system was designed largely to handle traffic accidents — which, in the absence of seat belt laws, airbags, and other safety features — often resulted in much more […]
Few hospitals in California are immune from the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, years of Medi-Cal underfunding, and ongoing inflationary pressures. And hospitals in our region are no different. That’s why an agreement reached earlier this week that will allow UC San Diego Health to temporarily assume full operational, clinical, and financial […]
Come May 11, your hospitals could have fewer tools to manage increasing volumes. That’s because May 11 is the date the federal public health emergency expires, and likely along with it — Title 42. This pandemic-era policy was put in place under the Trump administration and allowed the United States to turn away or rapidly […]
When California’s state of emergency ends on Feb. 28 after three years and nearly 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, it will — in essence — mark a new chapter for the pandemic. While the end of the state of emergency doesn’t necessarily mean the pandemic is over, the governor’s office believes it has the measures in place […]
The calendar may read January 2023, but in many ways, it feels like January 2022. Many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients — although, unlike in 2022 it’s not just COVID-19 but flu, RSV, and those with months of delayed care.
As yet another unprecedented year draws to a close, I’m reminded of how far we’ve come and all that we’ve accomplished in 2022. This year has not been without its challenges — including ambulance patient offload delays, workforce shortages, and the most recent tripledemic of flu, respiratory syncytial virus, and COVID-19 — which makes it […]
My sincere thanks to those who were able to attend the HASD&IC Annual Meeting on Nov. 17. I know your time is valuable, especially given the current headwinds that many of your hospitals are facing. After two years of being apart, it was great to return to an in-person meeting and hear about the issues […]
Gratitude (noun): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Next week, many of you will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. And although we all have our own ways in which we will observe the day, gratitude will no doubt be at the heart of the celebrations.
If the public health officials’ predictions are true, we’re in for a “tripledemic” of viruses — influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 this winter.
In just a few weeks, we’ll gather at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for HASD&IC’s first in-person Annual Meeting in more than two years. We’ll replace the Zoom “squares” with name badges and get a chance to network and reconnect with our colleagues and community partners.