The HASD&IC Biweekly Briefing provides timely news and information for HASD&IC members and associates and is published on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Key articles and issues of interest from each publication, along with the President’s Message, are included below. Media statements and press releases can also be found here.
OVERDOSE TO ACTION GRANT: San Diego County is a recipient of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant, which focuses on overdose surveillance and prevention. Along with community-focused overdose prevention activities, a key strategy of OD2A is supporting San Diego licensed prescribers (i.e., physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists). The county’s OD2A team has also developed an OD2A quarterly newsletter specifically for licensed prescribers. Since 2016, opioid-related drug deaths in the San Diego region have been on the increase. Overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl almost tripled from 2019 to 2020 and accounted for 77% of opioid-related deaths in 2020, compared to 45% in 2019. The highest rate of opioid overdose deaths, in 2020, was in the Central region, followed by the East and North Coastal regions. These data are used by the county to guide overdose prevention activities.
COVID-19 IN NURSING HOMES: People living in nursing homes continue to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
If hospitals have questions or want to discuss strategies, please contact Lindsey C. Yourman, MD, chief geriatric officer, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, at LindseyC.Yourman@sdcounty.ca.gov.
The HASD&IC Board of Directors convened on Jan. 18. Board Chair Patrick Frias, MD, President & CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, officiated. The other 2023 officers are as follows: Appreciation was expressed to Steve Dietlin of Tri-City Healthcare District for his leadership and service to the board. Steve will be retiring in […]
Frank P. Pearson, DPT, PA-C, who was recently appointed director of VA San Diego Healthcare System, has also been appointed as a representative on the HASD&IC Board of Directors. Dr. Pearson served as a director at the VA Syracuse Healthcare System from June 2020 to December 2022. Dr. Pearson, a retired U.S. Navy captain, held […]
Tri-City Healthcare District (TCHD) President and CEO Steve Dietlin has announced his retirement effective in late March 2023, following 10 years of executive leadership with the health care district. Dietlin joined TCHD in 2013 as the chief financial officer and was instrumental in orchestrating a financial turnaround of the district. He was appointed to the […]
OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE AFFORDABILITY: The California Hospital Association (CHA) has developed a web page for the new Office of Health Care Affordability. The web page contains background information on the office’s main responsibilities and implementation timelines. It will be updated as new information becomes available. Contact Ben Johnson at email@example.com with any questions.