President’s Message

A New Year with Similar Challenges   

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.

Reflections on 2022  

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 […]

A Time to Reflect and Give Thanks

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.

Hear About Important Hospital Issues at Annual Meeting

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. 

Addressing Homelessness and Affordable Housing

In San Diego County, where the February 2022 Point-in-Time Count found no less than 8,427 people experiencing homelessness — a 10% increase from 2020 — the issue has reached a tipping point, prompting the Board of Supervisors to declare it a public health crisis last week. 

2022 CHNA Highlights Top Community Needs

Yesterday, some of you may have received an email with an advance copy of the 2022 HASD&IC Community Health Needs Assessment. While it’s not available publicly yet, wanted to share a few thoughts ahead of its upcoming release.

Two Important Occasions to Recognize in September

The month of September marks two important occasions meant to recognize important needs in our community. The first — Hunger Awareness Month/Hunger Action Month — is designed to draw attention to the fact that food insecurity is greater than ever. Throughout the country, millions of Americans are being forced to make budgeting decisions while facing grocery […]

Addressing the Needs of a Growing Aging Population

As San Diego County’s population ages, so do this demographic’s health needs. Consider that by the year 2030, one in four San Diegans will be age 60 or older. That’s why in 2019, the San Diego Senior Emergency Care Initiative was launched. This first-of-its-kind public-private partnership — spearheaded by the County of San Diego and […]

Author
  • Dimitrios Alexiou, FACHE
    President & CEO