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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hospital Health IT
The Health Care Blog

Last year I started a series of “Do’s and Don’ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about do’s and don’ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks: Do start implementing cloud-based services. Don’t think, though, that just because you are implementing cloud services that you will have less infrastructure or related work to do.

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Recession Drives Lower Health Spending
The Health Care Blog

The Great Recession has achieved what 20 years of policy machinations in Washington could not. For the second straight year, the world’s most expensive health-care system did not gobble up a greater share of the nation’s economy. In fact, health care grew at a slightly slower pace. Health spending rose just 3.9 percent to $2.59 trillion in 2010, only one-tenth of a percentage point faster than the previous year.


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Healthcare Funds Face Cuts
Big Bear Grizzly

It’s been almost 10 years since voters were asked to consider renewing a parcel tax to help fund Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. The voters will be asked to continue that tax during the upcoming November election. At the Jan. 3 special meeting, healthcare district CEO Marc Hecksel provided a brief overview of the existing tax, its importance to the operations of the district and what’s next to put the matter on the November ballot.

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Kaweah Delta hospital helipad plans advance
Visialia Times-Delta

Kaweah Delta Medical Center is one step closer to constructing a helipad.

After a public hearing Monday night at which no opposition surfaced, the hospital district’s board of directors voted to proceed with the project.

An initial study indicated that there would be no sig-nificant environmental impact. A month-long public review produced only one letter of comment.

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Hospital presses forward despite uncertainty
Kern Valley Sun

Election of officers, new services and some positive news, at least temporarily, regarding proposed state reductions in Medicaid reimbursements were main topics of discussion at the Jan. 4 Kern Valley Healthcare District board of trustees meeting. Despite clouds of financial uncertainty looming on the horizon, KVHD trustees and administrators appear to be focusing on the future. District Chief Executive Officer Tim McGlew said, “The state was dealt a little bit of a blow by the judge with regards to the Medicaid rate reduction.

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Expanded facility ready to open at Desert Valley Hospital
Victorville Daily Press

Desert Valley Hospital has completed its nearly $40 million expansion project and is ready to start operating new surgical suites and beds as soon as the state grants a license.

The expansion, which broke ground in 2008, was prompted in large part by the hospital-bed shortage in the growing local community. The new 50,000-square-foot wing adds 53 new beds to the Victorville hospital, along with 12 new intensive care unit rooms.