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  • Community Health Centers and Valley Medical Center Rise to the Challenge!

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    By Dolores Alvarado, CEO Community Health Partnership: As the Daughters of Charity hospitals consider their newest suitor, Blue Mountain Capital, we must not lose sight of the critical function healthcare partnerships play in creating and sustaining a healthcare safety net for underserved populations. A good example is the alliance between Santa Clara County’s Valley Medical Center (VMC) and our non-profit Community Health Centers (CHCs), who share a philosophy and commitment to improve the health of our communities. Since 1993, we have ... Read More

  • Surgery Day: Bernardino’s Story

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    Dr. Ranjani Chandramouli, Medical Director: Bernardino Juarez looks like an ordinary, young and joyful man. He is a construction worker living in Hollister and the proud father of a 5 year-old boy who loves soccer. On the outside, he seems relaxed and content with life, but deep inside, he confesses that there is something that doesn't let him live in peace: he is uninsured. "What if something happens to me and I can't afford to pay for health care?" This past year, Bernardino's fear became a reality when his hernia became too large to ... Read More

  • Employee Wellness is More Important than Ever

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    Health is important wherever you go. With many people spending most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office, workplace wellness programs have become an important part of ensuring employee health. About two years ago, Gardner took a look at employee health and realized it wasn’t where it should be for an organization dedicated to health and healthcare. There had been a steady increase in employee injuries and illness. Healthcare costs and employee absenteeism was also on the rise. The leadership team recognized that something ... Read More

  • The 10 Warning Signs of Teen Suicide

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    Loren Gissible, LCSW In the early morning hours of Monday, March 9th 2015, a Palo Alto High School Sophomore ended his life by stepping into the path of an oncoming train. He was 15 years old and he was the eighth Caltrain death in a year that has barely started. For comparison, there were seven teen suicides in the Palo Alto area all of last year. Palo Alto is one of the wealthiest and best ­educated communities in California, but that has not stopped the recent spate of teen suicides. Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent, ... Read More

  • Sale of Daughters of Charity Health System

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    Reymundo Espinoza, CEO California Attorney General Kamala Harris has until February 20th to decide whether the Daughters of Charity Health System should besold to Prime Healthcare Services. State law requires the approval by the attorney general any time a nonprofit hospital is sold to a for-profit company. In October, the Daughters board recommended Prime, a for-profit health service provider, as its top candidate to buy the non-profit hospital chain. The charity care and community benefit programs maintained by the Daughters of Charity ... Read More

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