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El Camino Hospital Laying Off 181

Posted: September 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

El Camino Hospital is laying off 181 employees at its Los Gatos and Mountan View hospitals. In Los Gatos, the company is laying off 40, and in Mountain View, 141 positions will be impacted. The date of impact will be October 13, 2010.

Despite holding up better than most other industries, medical is not entirely immune. Unemployment has led to more and more individuals going without healthcare or dental care, and economic conditions have forced many to forgo care, or settle for alternative sources of healthcare (county hospitals, etc.)


The Silicon Valley’s Perspective on the Massive Healthcare Bill…

Posted: March 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: News, Trends | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

With so much at stake given the recent healthcare legislation, it’s interesting to consider a local perspective on the matter. The Business Journal recently published an article with the opinions of some of the Bay Area’s most influential healthcare leaders. For the most part, many are holding their breath awaiting further clarification on Bill’s policies and overall implications. The following is a glimpse of their perspectives. 

Jane Ogle, chief operating officer of the Santa Clara Family Health Plan, “called it 100 years overdue”. She expressed disappointment that the number of the Law’s provisions, including the establishment of insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medi-Cal, don’t take effect until 2014. But she called “huge” the protection given to the Healthy Families Program that provides low-cost insurance to children and teenagers who don’t qualify for Medi-Cal.

Paul Beaupre’, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital, said that right now the federal government is talking about insuring people at the same rate as MediCal, the states program to cover the poor. But in California, this doesn’t ensure access to care, he said. Many physicians won’t accept these rates, which are some of the lowest in the nation for medical reimbursement. He added that the bill is an important first step, nonetheless. He hopes small business owners will finally see those premium increases subside.

Jim Dover, CEO of O’Connor Hospital, explained that when the expanded coverage begins in 2014, hospitals will see fewer uninsured patients in their emergency rooms. At O’Connor, which is run by Daughters of Charity Health System, about one third of those currently walking in through the doors have no insurance.

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