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Contact Sheila Johnston with any questions or comments about the survey.

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Sharp Grossmont Hospital (Grossmont Healthcare District) honors Navy veteran organ donor

A U.S. Navy veteran from Spring Valley who served his country for more than 30 years also saved dozens of lives. John O'Loughlin was honored Wednesday with a flag-raising ceremony at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. As a thank you for John's gift of lives, he was featured in this year's Donor Life Rose Parade float. At the ceremony at the hospital, John's floral picture was given to Sofia, as well as the flag for his service to his country and now his community.

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Petaluma teen saves a life with CPR

Thirteen-year-old Lucy Decker was at a rowing event in Oakland last month when a spectator suddenly collapsed, apparently having a heart attack. A concerned crowd of onlookers gathered around, while one man stepped forward and started performing CPR.

The problem, though, was the bystander was doing it all wrong. He was performing the CPR compressions into the ailing man’s shoulder blade, clearly not doing any good.

That’s when Decker, an 8th grader at Petaluma Junior High School, stepped forward and corrected the man. Relying on the training she had learned in P.E. class, she demonstrated the proper technique of chest compressions, helping to sustain the man until paramedics arrived.

“I just thought that this man has more time to live,” Decker said. “He looked young. I didn’t think it was his time.”

Decker learned CPR at school as part of a countywide initiative to train juniors high students to become potential life savers and help schools be prepared for a cardiac emergency. Saves Lives Sonoma works in partnership with HeartSafe Community, an initiative of the Petaluma Health Care District, which brings together various first responder agencies and nonprofits, including the Petaluma Fire Department, the American Heart Association, and EMS.

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Fallbrook Regional Health District Hosting Town Hall

FALLBROOK, Calif. (March 30, 2017) ---- The Fallbrook Regional Health District will host a town hall during a special board meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Fallbrook Public Utility District, 990 E. Mission Road.

The District Board of Directors seeks public feedback on the sale of public land at 624 E. Elder Street, formerly operating as the Fallbrook Hospital and its annex buildings. The District intends to identify suitable medical services to address identified local health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations.

Since 2000, the district community health contracts have supported more than 270 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz. In the last five years, the District granted about $3 million in health services benefiting the public.

With a largely 55-plus population, many District contracts support senior programs offering transportation, health screenings and education as well as nutritious food options, including those delivered to the home.

"Last year, our full health assessment of 57,000 area residents helped us to better align contractual services with top wellness threats," said Executive Director Bobbi Palmer of the Fallbrook Regional Health District. “We also assessed area 911 call data and noticed a high rate of falls, which is the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older. Through contracts, the District boosted funding for in-home fall prevention assessments and mobility-improvement exercise programs.”

Other health contracts support underserved families and youth by offering dental and eye exams, access to a local food pantry, disability support and mental and behavioral health services.

In addition to contractual services, Fallbrook Regional Health District directly operates health programs, including the Community Collaborative Health & Wellness Committee, Fallbrook Community Healthcare Resource Directory, Healthcare Hero, Woman of Wellness (WOW) and North County Community Collaborative Health Initiative

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ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District

Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs in the communities of Fallbrook, Bonsall, De Luz and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports nearly $700,000 annually in full spectrum community health programs and services, including health screenings, preventative treatment and urgent care. Learn more about community health needs provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.

Contact: Erica Holloway

Galvanized Strategies, on behalf of Fallbrook Healthcare District

m. (619) 796-1651

Erica@galvanizedstrategies.com

Petaluma Health Care District wins Community Philanthropy Award

Petaluma Health Care District, a public agency and a California special district, funds evidence-based health programs and invests in local nonprofits that provide critical social services and address the root causes of poor health.

During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, PHCD provided $280,000 in charitable funds, sponsorships and in-kind technical support to 33 Southern Sonoma County nonprofits, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Mentor Me, North Bay Children’s Center, Petaluma Educational Foundation, United Way of the Wine Country Schools of Hope, COTS, PEP House and Mother’s Care.

In 2016, PHCD received the Jefferson Award for Public Service from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, which is given to outstanding organizations and individuals who have had a deep impact on the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Click here to read the full article.

Grossmont Healthcare District Awards 39 Scholarships

Grossmont Healthcare District awarded 39 scholarships to students from 20 East County area high schools this month.

The scholarships went to students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.

Students from the local schools were picked by school administrators for academic excellence, citizenship and a desire to improve the world through a career in the healthcare field.

“It’s important for us to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow,” said Michael Emerson, the District’s board president.

Click here to read the full article.

 

Mayers Memorial Hospital District Receives District Certification

(March 15, 2017) Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to report Mayers Memorial Hospital District has achieved designation as a Certified Healthcare District.

As public agencies, California’s Healthcare Districts have well-defined legal obligations for conducting business in a transparent and responsible manner. To be designated as a Certified Healthcare District, a District must demonstrate compliance with Best Practices in Governance as defined by ACHD. Compliance areas include transparency, ethics, reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest, requesting public funds, and executive compensation. These Best Practice criteria address the obligations that Healthcare Districts have with respect to conducting business in manner that is transparent to the public being served.

“Mayers Memorial Hospital District’s priority is to provide quality care to our communities. As a public entity, we additionally recognize the importance of transparency and openness. We want our community to know what we do, how we do it and why it is important,” said Mayers Memorial Hospital District Chief Executive Officer Louis Ward. “Earning the designation of a Certified Healthcare District by ACHD is an honor and a proactive step in maintaining the confidence of the people we serve. The certification assures our community that we are committed to the responsibilities we have as a District. We will always work with the best interest of the residents of the Intermountain area in mind; to provide essential quality care and access to health care in our rural setting.”

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level. As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.

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Association of California Healthcare Districts
The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at www.achd.org.

Colette Menzel Named Chief Financial Officer at Antelope Valley Hospital

(LANCASTER, Calif. – March 1, 2017) — Colette Menzel, Ph.D., has been named chief financial officer of Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), effective immediately. She replaces former CFO Paul Brydon who came out of retirement in early January to serve in an interim capacity while the search for a permanent CFO was taking place.

In keeping with the leadership team being assembled at AVH, Menzel has strong ties and great affinity to the local community. She is currently a member of the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club (emeritus board of directors), the Antelope Valley Board of Trade and the Lancaster West Rotary.

Menzel brings to AVH a diverse background in finance and operations and has worked in leadership roles in industries ranging from professional services to ecommerce to technology. For the past six years she has served as vice president of finance for Corra, a digital ecommerce agency with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

“As a longtime resident of the Antelope Valley, I am very excited to be joining Antelope Valley Hospital. I am looking forward to being part of a dynamic team that together can build a strong and resilient hospital as we prepare for the coming challenges and meet the needs of this community and the wonderful people in it,” said Menzel. “The hospital is on sound financial footing and ready to positively address the many challenges before us – from new program development to new partnerships to new ways to look at how to continue to serve our community for many years to come.”

Menzel earned both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree in organizational management and leadership from Capella University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and finance from Westmont College and is currently working toward completing a Master of Science degree in finance from Harvard University.

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Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420-bed district hospital located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County, has been serving the community for more than 60 years. The area’s only full-service hospital, AVH provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. It is a Level II trauma center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and a National Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling 661-949-5000. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/antelopevalleyhospital.

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Kaweah Delta earns top quality rating among local hospitals

Kaweah Delta Medical Center has earned the highest overall hospital quality rating am
ong hospitals in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Kaweah Delta earned four stars out of five from CMS. The rating reflects the hospital’s overall performance on up to 57 quality measures related to common conditions hospital’s treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. The rating was first released in August 2016 and since that time, Kaweah Delta has improved its star rating from three to four stars. The most common rating is three stars. Click here to read the full article.

 

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Receives District Certification

(February 16, 2017) Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to report Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has achieved designation as a Certified Healthcare District.

As public agencies, California’s Healthcare Districts have well-defined legal obligations for conducting business in a transparent and responsible manner.  To be designated as a Certified Healthcare District, a District must demonstrate compliance with Best Practices in Governance as defined by ACHD.  Compliance areas include transparency, ethics, reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest, requesting public funds, and executive compensation.   These Best Practice criteria address the obligations that Healthcare Districts have with respect to conducting business in manner that is transparent to the public being served.

“Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District continues striving to provide the best possible care and today is a major milestone knowing that we have earned a designation as a Certified Healthcare District by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). The certification assures Imperial County residents that we as a public Healthcare District have a huge responsibility and this certification demonstrates that we  are working with their best interest in mind—and that is to provide better access and better care to all of the Imperial County,” said Larry Lewis, Chief Executive Officer.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level. As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.

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Association of California Healthcare Districts

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at www.achd.org

 

 

 

Department of Health Care Services

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is sharing the following information on behalf of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which is seeking nominations for the 2017 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health.  The award recognizes the contributions of public health and health care service professionals in improving the health status of Californians.  This year’s award recipient will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in Sacramento. The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, as a part of the National Public Health Week celebration.  The deadline for nomination submissions is Wednesday, March 8.  Nominations and requests for more information should be sent to CDPH’s Michael Marks at Michael.Marks@cdph.ca.gov.

 

To: California Health Professionals

Public Health Organizations

AII CDPH and DHCS Stakeholder Groups

Community Organizations and Partners

 

Subject:  2017 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health.  This award recognizes the contributions of public health and health care services professionals in improving the health status of all Californians and the millions who visit the state every year.

The Beverlee A. Myers award is presented annually to an individual, not currently working at CDPH, who has exhibited outstanding leadership and accomplishments in public health in California.  In the past few years, we have had the largest classes of nominees for this award.

Established in 1993 in honor of the late Beverlee A. Myers, this award reflects the leadership and dedication to all aspects of public health improvement exemplified throughout her 25-year career, including her service as director of the California Department of Health Services from 1978 to 1983.

A selection committee, including the director, assistant director, and chief deputy directors of CDPH, will review the nominations and select a winner.  The Beverlee A. Myers Award will be presented to the public health professional that best portrays the following characteristics:

  • Exemplifies dedication and accomplishment in improving the health status of Californians.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work collaboratively and provide leadership within the public health and health service delivery communities.
  • Uses creative methods to promote essential public health services.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to addressing the needs of special populations and reducing disparities in health care and health outcomes.

In your nomination letter, please include the following information about your nominee:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Complete narrative of why you are nominating him/her
  • A copy of your nominee’s CV or résumé is helpful, but is not required

If you nominate more than one person, each nominee requires a separate nomination letter.  All nominations must be received by Wednesday, March 8, at 5 p.m.

Please submit nominations to:

Michael Marks

California Department of Public Health

Office of Public Affairs

MS 0502, P.O. Box 997377

Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

 

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Marks in CDPH’s Office of Public Affairs.  You may call him at (916) 440-7147 or email him at Michael.Marks@cdph.ca.gov.

We encourage you to take the time to recognize our colleagues for their outstanding public health accomplishments and achievements.  Your consideration of this request is greatly appreciated.

A list of past recipients of the Beverlee A. Myers Award follows.

 

Past Recipients of the Beverlee A. Myers Award

2016   Wendel Brunner, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of Public Health for Contra Costa County

2015   Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Consultant, Mercy Housing’s Health and Housing

2014   Antony lton, MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities

The California Endowment

2013   Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

2012   Harold Goldstein, Dr. P.H., founding Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy

2011   Dr. Kenneth Kizer, former director of the California Department of Health Services; Director of UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement

2010   Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine;

Principal Investigator, California Smokers' Helpline

2009   Mitchell H. Katz, MD, Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health

2008   Wendelin M. Slusser, MD, MS, FAAP, Co-Director of the UCLA Community Health and Advocacy Training Program for Pediatric Residents, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA, and attending physician at Venice Family Clinic

2007   Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MA, MBA, Director,

Department of Public Health and Health Officer, Los Angeles County

2006   Gary W. Erbeck, MPH, REHS, Director

San Diego County Department of Environmental Health

2005   Robert K. Ross, MD, President & CEO, The California Endowment

2003   Bernard S. Weintraub, MD, MPH, Secretary, US Public Health Foundation

Sarah Gomez Erlach, AN, BSN, MPH, Chief, DHS Primary Health Services Unit

2001   Milton Roemer, MD, and Ruth Roemer, JD, World Health Organization

2000   Claire Brindis, Dr. P.H., Institute for Health Policy Studies, UC San Francisco