Kaiser Permanente had originally closed down the hospital on Oct. 9 because of the proximity of wildfires in the area, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Indiana, and Kansas.
- California: Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa reopened last week, following its closure on Oct. 9 due to wildfires in the state. While the fires did not directly affect the hospital, hospital leadership opted to evacuate staff and patients because of the fires' proximity. Prior to reopening, the hospital was cleaned, restocked, and evaluated for safety (Vartorella, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/26).
- Indiana: The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration earlier this month announced that it will allocate up to $3 million every year for the next five years to provide lead testing, prevention, and removal in cities with high risk of lead exposure for children of low-income families. Officials said the initiative—funded via CHIP—will serve families who are Medicaid- or CHIP-eligible (AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/26).
- Kansas: McPherson Hospital has selected Terri Gehring to serve as president and CEO, making permanent the interim position she has held since May. Previously, Gehring served as the hospital's COO (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/26).
Members ask: How can our hospital prepare for disasters?
Hospitals must be prepared for myriad disasters that can stress health care systems to the breaking point and disrupt delivery of vital health care services.
Advisory Board has compiled step-by-step procedures for various threats your facility may encounter—though we hope you'll never need to use them.