When eighth-grader Mario Luna woke up with a stomachache, little did he know that his condition was significantly more severe than anyone would have thought.
At Rady Children’s Hospital, behavioral health specialists provide proactive behavior support throughout each step of the visit to help patients, their families and health care staff work together for a successful emergency department experience.
During the pandemic, Keziah “Kezzy” Olivar started painting portraits of her Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center co-workers as a way to heal. Her project has been so successful that she now has her own gallery on the ED walls.
UC San Diego’s Human Milk Institute will accelerate research into the nature, biology, and therapeutic potential of human milk to prevent or treat both infant and adult diseases.
After Annie Keeling’s placenta abrupted while giving birth to her son, Leo, he became the first baby at Sharp Mary Birch to receive therapeutic hypothermia in the neurologic intensive care nursery to reduce swelling to his brain and any long-term damage.
EMSA AND CDPH WAIVERS: CHA is seeking the extension of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) COVID-19 waivers from June 30 to Sept. 30. With a projected summer wave of COVID-19 threatening to strain an already stressed health care delivery system, these flexibilities are critical to maintaining the current health care capacity in California. Specifically, the waivers at risk are:
Both waivers will need an executive order to be issued by the governor’s office to update the most recent executive order’s provisions that otherwise will expire. CHA is advocating for these executive order provisions, and corresponding CDPH and EMSA waivers, to be renewed as soon as possible. CHA has developed talking points that hospitals may want to use in outreach to state legislators and department officials about the impacts to their communities if these flexibilities are not extended. HASD&IC submitted feedback from members to help with CHA’s advocacy efforts.
IMPERIAL VALLEY HOMELESSNESS: At the April 12 Imperial County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Imperial Valley Continuum of Care Council Administrative Entity provided details of how they are addressing homelessness and overall accomplishments so far. Updates include a redesign of an operating Coordinated Entry System, the entity’s pandemic response (a region-wide survey to understand needs), update on current continuum of care programs, and projects such as the new Homeless Day Center that will provide services to over 700 individuals per year, Lotus Living Community (transitional housing) for Imperial Valley College students, and youth programs for those experiencing homelessness that have served 156 youth.