AURORA, Colo.—Administrative offices for the 314-bed Children's Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus have been moved across the street in a move facilitated by the installation of a 163-foot pedestrian bridge.
Regional News/West: Children's Hospital gets pedestrian bridge, and other news
The completed bridge was installed at night and connected the campus to a 168,000-square-foot office building in the 32-acre Fitzsimons Village mixed-use development in which the hospital is the first tenant. (The campus is built on the grounds of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.) The installation of the nearly 175,000-pound bridge began about midnight Feb. 12 and was completed that morning.
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—Providence Health & Services has signed a letter of intent to partner with the Motion Picture and Television Fund to expand healthcare services. According to the proposed nonbinding agreement, the deal would allow the fund to continue offering long-term-care services on its Wasserman Campus and avoid a planned closure that was announced in 2009. Providence, a faith-based 27-hospital system in Renton, Wash., would sign a long-term master lease agreement for the fund's hospital facilities, and state licenses for the 250-bed campus hospital would be transferred to Providence Tarzana Medical Center. There are 180 independent and assisted-living residents living on the Wasserman Campus. The site's long-term-care and dementia-care units are exclusive to those in the film industry. Skilled nursing, palliative care and other post-acute-care services are open to the broader community. As part of the agreement, UCLA Health System will locate a new neurological rehabilitation unit on site. The tentative agreement is subject to board and regulatory approval. No further details were released. “We are privileged to serve those in the entertainment industry, and we look forward to providing quality, safe and compassionate care,” Michael Hunn, senior vice president and chief executive of Providence California, said in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO—Blue Shield of California and major providers are forming two accountable care organizations to serve 26,000 local government workers, retirees and their families. Brown & Toland Physicians Group and the California Pacific Medical Center will work with Blue Shield to provide integrated care to 21,000 HMO members of the San Francisco Health Service System. Hill Physicians Medical Group, Catholic Healthcare West and the University of California San Francisco will care for another 5,000 system members. The San Francisco Health Service System is responsible for health and other benefits for government employees, retirees and their families. The employees work for the city and county, superior courts, unified school district and city college. Blue Shield and the providers will share clinical and case-management information and coordinate care. Participants won't see any premium increases for the next year. The ACO projects begin July 1. The collaboration involves eight hospitals in the city. “This relationship will not only make healthcare more affordable for City employees, retirees and dependents, but will also better manage the care they receive,” Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of the California Pacific Medical Center, a Sutter Health facility, said in a statement.
OAKLAND, Calif.—State regulators have fined Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland $10,350 for safety violations including failing to protect workers from emergency-room violence. The 190-bed hospital said in a statement it disagrees with the citations and plans to appeal them. The California Division of Occupational Health and Safety concluded after an investigation that the not-for-profit hospital had an ineffective training program, incomplete procedures to handle safety concerns and had poorly addressed workplace violence exposures in the emergency room. Among the concerns was an incident in July when a gunman briefly held a nurse and a clerk hostage before police arrested him. No one was reported injured. The investigation was prompted after an episode in October when multiple gunshot victims arrived within minutes of one another, including one who was dropped off in the hospital's driveway. The concern was that the staff attended to the victim before it was determined that the surrounding area was safe. Children's Oakland said in a statement the fines “are not justified by the facts.”
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