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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.

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