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CHA News Now – December 1, 2011

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18 Kaiser California hospitals make top 65 list, including 10 in NorCal
San Francisco Business Times

Ten of Kaiser Permanente ’s Northern California hospitals have been named to the Leapfrog Group’s list of the nation’s top hospitals in terms of quality, and 18 Kaiser hospitals statewide made the 65-hospital quality list, according to Kaiser officials. Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group annually lists the hospitals nationally that have the best results on metrics such as using electronic health records to reduce medication and other errors, lowering infection rates, maintaining appropriate physician and nursing staffing ratios, and other measures of safety and efficiency.

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Enrollment in nurse assistant training program soars as program expands
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Ashley Mora says her job as a nurse assistant is neither easy nor glamorous.

She’s at the entry level of the health care industry, providing hands-on care — bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding — for elderly people who can do little for themselves.

“You need to have an interest in other people’s welfare,” said Mora, 22, of Santa Rosa, who works at the Spring Lake Village senior living community. “It’s definitely not a glorious job.”

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State hospital association: Report cards outlived usefulness with federal data
FierceHealthcare

State volunteer reporting of hospital quality, such as patient satisfaction, mortality from complications, and infection rates, may have outlived its usefulness, according to California Hospital Association Jan Emerson-Shea about California’s hospital report cards. In light of Medicare’s mandated public reporting on a federal level, voluntary state efforts may be duplicative in this administrative–oftentimes, burdensome–task.

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