ECRMC Awarded John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health

EL CENTRO, Calif. – June 25, 2014 – El Centro Regional Medical Center, along with other partners in the Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health, was awarded the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission.
The Eisenberg Award recognizes major achievements of individuals and organizations in improving patient safety and health care quality, consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy – better care, healthy people and communities and affordable care.  Better care in particular focuses on improving the overall quality by making health care patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health was launched  in 2010 to improve quality of care, reduce health care costs and ultimately save lives by improving patient safety and perinatal care in California. Patient Safety First (PSF) is a groundbreaking partnership between National Health Foundation, California’s Regional Hospital Associations, Anthem Blue Cross and over 160 hospitals across the state, including El Centro Regional Medical Center.  During the first three years (2010-2012) of focused attention on specific quality measures, partner hospitals reported phenomenal results, including:
•74% reduction in early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestational age
•57% reduction in cases of Ventilator Assisted Pneumonia
•43% reduction in cases of Central Line Blood Stream Infections
•26% reduction in Sepsis mortality
•3,576 deaths avoided as a result of reduction in Sepsis mortality
•$63 million in costs avoided for participating hospitals
“Our team at El Centro Regional Medical Center has done a remarkable job of assessing patient safety needs, and implementing new, meaningful programs that are focused on improving patient safety,” said David Green, Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC. “Their dedicated efforts have paid off which is evident in our most recent patient safety scores and awarding of the Eisenberg Award. I couldn’t be prouder of the staff.”
The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards were established in 2002 by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission in memory of John M. Eisenberg, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Eisenberg was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the NQF and an impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement.
These annual awards perpetuate the enduring contributions of this health care and community leader by recognizing the achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to improving patient safety and health care quality, and organizations that, through a specific initiative or project, have made an important contribution to patient safety and health care quality.


County Supervisors Discuss Impacts of Undocumented Immigrants

By Mario Conde The Imperial County Board of Supervisors discussed the potential impacts of the possible transfer of undocumented immigrants to the areas for processing. The County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning and the topic of discussion as an emergency item by CEO Ralph Cordova and had a lengthy discussion about it. Cordova spoke about possible transfer of illegal immigrants from Texas to California that could bring up to 140 immigrants family and children units every three days. The U.S. border agents have apprehended about 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border since the beginning of October. Most of them come from Central America and Mexico. Cordova said that the plan is to fly the detainees to Yuma and then be brought to Imperial Valley on a bus. U.S. Border Patrol has decided to cancel plans for the moment to fly the detainees from overcrowded detention centers in Texas to San Diego and El Centro to be processed for the moment. However, CEO Cordova said that if this continues there would be impacts to the County services and hospitals in the Imperial Valley. “This will have an impact on several of our County services form social services to our county jails.” Cordova said. Supervisor Mike Kelley said the County needs to do its part in finding solutions and proposed to use the current ICE Facility to keep the detainees and keep the families in the new detention facility. “We as a County need to do our part to solve our part and be prepared for whatever situation we might be facing.” Supervisor Mike Kelley said. Representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol where present at the meeting and answered questions the board had. Supervisor Ryan Kelley said that it was the federal government that crated this problem and they need to recognize that. “Let them know that we are willing to have a conversation with them and talk about the impact this will have in our community.” Supervisor Ryan Kelley told the Border Patrol representatives. CEO Ralph Cordova suggested contacting Congressman Juan Vargas so he can take the lead on this issue and it was agreed by the board to continue this discussion for next week and what will be the contingency plan of action the county will take should this transfer resumes in the next couple of days.


Public health officials warn the public about preventing tick bites to prevent tick-borne diseases.


IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Heath Officer, Dr. Stephen Munday, announced today that a middle-aged resident of Imperial County passed away this week due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), a tickborne disease.  The individual visited a local hospital in May after feeling ill with fever, nausea and vomiting but was unable to recover.  Public health officials continue to investigate the death and it is unknown where the individual contracted the disease.  Monitoring and testing of ticks around the individual’s home and property is being conducted.  This is the first case and death due to RMSF reported in Imperial County.

SB 1139 approved by Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee

The Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, on Monday, approved SB 1139, a bill that would diversify the state’s energy portfolio by requiring energy retail sellers to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from baseload geothermal power plants by 2024.

Authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella), the bill was approved on a vote of 8-5 and now heads to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee for a hearing on Thursday. It was approved by the Senate in May.

Richard Warne Tapped As New Calexico Interim City Manager

By Mario Conde
After several weeks of closed session meeting, the Calexico City Council appointed a new interim City Manager.
The Council met in closed session this past Tuesday and had only one business item on the agenda and that was to appoint an acting administrator. After closed session was over, Mayor Pro Tem John Moreno made a motion to name Richard Warne as the acting City Manager. The motion passed 3-2 with Council members Kim and Castro casting the dissenting vote.
Kim argued that the City needed leadership and wanted to have the new acting city manager to start this Thursday. Mayor Pro Tem John Moreno asked the City Attorney about the procedure to approve the contract of the City Manager. City Attorney answered by saying there was a change to the Brown Act that will now require the salary of an executive to be discussed on open session on a regular meeting.
“The Council can appoint someone today but the salary has to be approved and discussed in open session.” City Attorney said.
Councilwoman Maritza Hurtado said that the council should allow the participation of the citizens in an important item such as this one, and have the public ask questions and not make the mistakes that have been done in the past.
Mayor Bill Hodge said that he wants stability but said his wife would be on surgery this week but he said he would like to have City Manager start fresh and have a good run.
“Let’s be open and give him a chance. I think we have appointed someone that is well prepared for the task.” Mayor Hodge said.
Warne served as City Manager for the City of Twenty-nine Palms up until April 2013 when they decided to part ways. Later on he served as interim City Manager of Lynwood, California and Livingston.
Warne will replace the previous interim, Andrew Takata, who was appointed acting City Manager after the retirement of former City Manager Oscar Rodriquez. However, Takata’s contract was not approved by the Council.
Warne has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has more than 28 years of local government experience. Warne served as a captain in the U.S. Army and is married with six children.