PALO ALTO, Calif.— Six Silicon Valley companies are founding members of a new corporate-partners program supporting Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The 477-bed hospital hopes to raise $400 million in private donations to pay for a new hospital building and said it expects as much as $150 million in donations over the next 10 years from Apple, eBay, Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Intuit and Oracle Corp. “All of us are very fortunate to have Stanford’s world-class medical center right here in Silicon Valley,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a news release from the hospital. “We are very excited about the development of their new hospital and really want to support their plans.” Those plans, triggered five years ago by new seismic-safety requirements, call for a structure connected by bridges and tunnels to its current inpatient facility that would expand capacity to 600 beds. Some parts of the medical center are slated for demolition when the new hospital is finished and would be replaced with new outpatient clinics and support services. The total cost of the project has been tagged at $2 billion.
SAN FRANCISCO— California hospitals say they may face a shortage of healthcare workers across specialties in the next five years because of an aging workforce. Respiratory therapists, physical therapists, radiological technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and diagnostic imaging workers will be in high demand in the coming years because of looming retirements, according to a survey by the California Hospital Association, with data analyzed by the University of California San Francisco Center for the Health Professions. The online survey of 125 hospitals across the state conducted in the first half of 2010 indicates that schools aren’t graduating enough trained health professionals to replace aging workers. Nearly 850 clinical laboratory scientists will be eligible for retirement by 2015, but only about 125 of qualified applicants enter the workforce in California each year, for instance. “It’s clear from this survey that retirements within the allied health occupations will have a serious impact on access to care for patients if long-term strategies for replacing these workers are not developed and implemented,” C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the association, said in a statement.
MADERA, Calif.— The Lincy Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Las Vegas developer Kirk Kerkorian, gave $5 million to Children’s Hospital Central California, the hospital said in a news release. The donation will support the 338-bed hospital’s implementation of health information technology. The hospital also plans to use the funds to increase its research infrastructure and explore a fellowship program for physicians. Kerkorian is ArmenianAmerican and a native of nearby Fresno. The chairman of the Lincy Foundation, Anthony Mandekic, said in a news release from the hospital that Kerkorian “holds a special place in his heart for the Armenian community of central California and the region as a whole.”
REEDLEY, Calif.— The Sierra Kings District Hospital board in Reedley, Calif., unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to negotiate a leasepurchase agreement with 17-hospital Adventist Health, a faith-based system based in Roseville, Calif. Negotiations are expected to continue in the coming months, and district residents would have to vote on the plan. If approved, the 44-bed Sierra Kings District Hospital would be operated by the Adventist Health Central Valley Network in Hanford, Calif., which has three hospitals in California’s Central Valley, according to Adventist. Sierra Kings filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
Donations from Silicon Valley companies will support the construction of a $2 billion project at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.