Friday, January 10, 2014

The Latest News From CCRMC and Health Centers

I wanted to share with you the latest issue of our newsletter, The Update. In it, we highlight some of our achievements from 2013 such as the expansion of our award-winning Telephone Consultation Clinic, the introduction of our CCRMC Welcoming Policy, and the opening of our innovative Concord Health Center 2 (CHC2), which integrates behavioral and physical health care. You can see a video of CHC2’s opening celebration here .

We also feature some new things going on at CCRMC & HCs including our new evening dental clinics and the pilot for myccLink, our new online portal that lets our patients message their doctors, request prescription refills and see most lab results. We will be rolling out myccLink to all our patients later this year, so stayed tuned.

More very soon,


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Change is here. All that is possible lies before us.

Change is here. All that is possible lies before us.

Greetings friends and colleagues,

Today is not only the start of the new year, but also the dawn in a long-awaited era of affordable health coverage and care for families across America.  Today, amidst hard economic times when there are many around us who are struggling to make ends meet, at long last, much needed help is on the way. Today we move forward as a nation on the basis of our shared ideals.  

As our community’s health system, we will continue to ensure the smooth implementation of health reform (Affordable Care Act) . Our goal is to provide care for our patients that is of the highest quality, coordinated and integrated, that will allow for earlier intervention, fewer avoidable emergency department visits and hospital stays and, ultimately, a healthier population while containing costs across our system and our community.  

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers (CCRMC & HC) will continue to expand access to health care and enhance quality through our Delivery System Reform program, also known as DSRIP. The improvements we are implementing as part of this plan are seen as key concepts of health reform. This critical effort builds on the extensive and innovative work that is well underway at CCRMC & HC and contributes to important knowledge for our country.  Our investment in innovative care models and technology, along with the many improvement efforts underway, have helped us become more able than ever to provide care on a larger scale, doing so in better ways than we ever thought possible.   

In the coming weeks, we will be seeking input for the CCRMC and HC's five year strategic plan. This plan will incorporate your feedback with recommendations from the 2010 Sustainability Study and the DSRIP.  There is still more work to be done, but we should not forget how much we have accomplished this past year. We have made great strides in safety and quality, and we have increased access to health care for our community.  

I want to give special thanks to those among us who serve our community on holidays, after hours and on weekends – those whose commitment to our mission has them assisting those in need. I could not be more thankful for the privilege of working with such a dedicated and caring community of professionals and partners. Your commitment and partnership are making a difference every day in our community.  

Please accept my sincere best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Together, let us welcome a new year. Together, let us welcome those who have long waited for the opportunity to access health care. Together, let us move forward.

Friday, December 6, 2013

CCRMC and HC Strategic Planning Update

Moving Forward

The summer was a busy one with our ongoing strategic planning as we gear up for full implementation of Health Care Reform.
This process has brought together leadership, staff, labor, patients and partners, and we are making progress. We held our second strategic planning session at the end of August to hear back from the four design teams created following our May planning session. Those teams include the Purpose Team, whose task is to establish and communicate the purpose of the organization; the Linkage Map Team, which looked at how CCRMC and Health Centers fits into our system and the larger community; the Whole System Measures Team, which created measures that reflect a health system's overall performance in quality and value over time and is working on a dashboard to share the information; and the Voice of the Patient/Telling our Story Team whose purpose is to communicate our mission.
We are pulling this all together into a draft strategic plan. The next steps will be to review the plan and get feedback with an expected release of the final product by February 2014. We will be reaching out to staff, patients and family members, and our community as a whole in a variety of ways, including our website, so please stay tuned. Taking this conversation to the employees and the community will be a shared effort. Our goal is to get input from everyone and to fill in gaps that we may not see, but others will.
This is challenging but necessary work, and we must remain focused. Health Care Reform means new rules, and we, like other delivery systems, must evolve to adapt to this changing environment. This year has been a critical planning period, and we are taking a hard and long look at the role we play and our purpose as it relates to the community and region.  It is an exciting time with all of the improvements we are undergoing as a system and a country, as history is made with enrollment starting tomorrow in the state health insurance exchange, Covered California (see our website for helpful information). I talk about this and more in my monthly newsletter, The Update.
More very soon,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Update: Delivery System Reform at CCRMC and HCs Annual Report

Greeting Contra Costa Community:

I am excited to share with you our annual progress report for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) program: . We recently submitted this brief overview, which provides a year-end summary of our DSRIP activities through which we are redesigning our system to expand access to care and enhance quality. We also submitted a comprehensive report  Last week, we celebrated our progress with presentations from improvement teams representing the five DSRIP categories about the amazing work they have done and continue to do. This report only captures part of the incredible amount of work we have underway. I look forward to sharing more examples with you in the coming months and year.
The DSRIP is a pay-for-performance program that is one component of California’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver. Three years into the DSRIP program, CCRMC and HCs has met all the milestones required to date and we are seeing impressive results that are helping us transform our county’s care delivery system into one that is patient and family-centered, evidence-based and continually improving. The DSRIP has allowed us to undertake and sustain an approach to system change that involves staff at all levels of our organization, while also including patients, family members and members of our community in a more meaningful way than ever before. I am so proud of the work being done here and look forward to our continued progress.

With appreciation,


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Welcomes You. Update on new Welcoming Policy- initial results and improvements

I wanted to provide a quick update on our CCRMC Welcoming efforts. This update covers Tuesday- Friday at noon.

We started on September 17, 2013 at 8:30pm. Our first night we welcomed 13 family members/care partners (and a pizza delivery person who brought pizza to a hungry family member). The second night we welcomed 18 family members/care partners and the third night we welcomed 15.
That totals of 46 family members/care partners that had the opportunity to participate in the care of their loved one. It also means that we at CCRMC had 46 opportunities to learn from family members and loved ones about how improve the care we deliver and how to improve our Welcoming Policy.

Each night the team learned, modified and improved the steps of the process to better support the family members/care partners. Most of the challenges faced by the testing team on the first night were related to logistics of the process - small details really matter! For example, we had some challenges with language barriers. We have modified our signs and are testing use of the health care interpreter video machines (HCIN) at check in. Timely updates are given to the Nurse Program Managers who have been present at night to support the staff and address any concerns they may have. The manager for Admission and Registration also worked on the night shift to support the staff. The security staff have been fully engaged and critical in the implementation as well. We have conducted huddles daily to support rapid improvements of our process and support the staff and our community in this exciting change.

I want to recognize and thank the staff and Patient and Family Partners for creating and implementing this important change in our hospital and health centers.
More very soon,

The patient, family, and staff responses have been very positive. I have attached some of the feedback below.
Nurses feedback
Patient/family feedback
4B -MedSurg
·        This was helpful because patient had major surgery was it supportive for mother to stay. 
·        It was very helpful.
4B  -MedSurg
·        It was helpful .  Patient and family slept all night.
·        It was helpful and supportive.
·        It was helpful
4B -MedSurg
·        Nurses were ready , had the sleep-chair ready at the bed side;
·        no challenges;
·        deputy was informed when family left
·        very pleased, one of the pt states “very comforting to open my eyes and see her here, thank you”
·        another family states “ I am just glad that I don’t have to park my car and walk all over to the ED, because the new building took the parking, I am not staying all night, but thank you for opening the front door”
4C  - Behavioral Health
All family left at 8pm, they were aware of the program
4A  - Telemetry
·        Appreciated seeing brother so late (0200)
4A - Telemetry
ICU  - Critical Care
No challenges
·        The family has been sleeping
IMCU  - Critical Care Step down
Had the sleep-chair ready; No challenges
·        New admit from ED


Monday, September 16, 2013

No such thing as a visitor – Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers Welcome You 24/7

I’m excited to tell our staff and Contra Costa County residents that Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) is eliminating the concept of visitors in our medical center and health delivery system. On September 17th, 2013, CCRMC will remain accessible 24 hours a day to family and loved-ones of those receiving care in the medical center.
Recognizing that family and loved-one presence supports safe and high quality care, we have worked over the last year to replace our “visitor policy” with this Welcoming Policy. Though we have carefully planned the introduction of this change, we remain open to ideas to enhance and improve our Welcoming Policy and will place it and all supporting documents on the CCRMC web page for your review, comments and suggestions for improvement.
To the team at CCRMC who work tirelessly on creating an environment that welcomes and supports family and loved-one presence always: Thank you for your efforts. Your work is inspiring. This is an important step on our journey to cultivate meaningful partnerships with people who receive care in our system and their loved ones.  I am reminded that it is not patients and their families who are "visitors" of our system - it is us who are privileged guests in the lives of those we serve. 
I also want to thank the staff in the medical center & health centers, Health Services and the Sheriff's Office for your enthusiastic reception of this planned change. You have generously shared your ideas, creativity and commitment to help make our great health system even better. 
I look forward to seeing the results of this testing period and watching this work progress.
More very soon,

To the community: Below I have attached some key text from our Welcoming Policy and Welcoming Guide. You can also find our data and PDSA tracking sheets and accompanying worksheets on our website here. Links will be added over the next few weeks as we learn more so check back in the following days as more information becomes available from our learning.

CONTRA COSTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER                                                                            POLICY # xxx

CONTRA COSTA HEALTH CENTER                                                                                              September 13, 2013
I.                    PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines that supports and welcomes 24/7 presence and participation of a family member and/or care partner in the patient’s care experience during their clinic visit, emergency room visit, and/or hospital and health center visit.  CCRMC recognizes that family members and/or care partners play an important part in the patient’s healing process. 
Family members and/or care partners, according to patient preferences, are respected as essential members of the patient’s health care team in sharing information and providing support and comfort during their health center visit, emergency room visit and/or hospital stay.   They enhance quality and safety.  They also provide pertinent information essential to the care plan.
In the unique event that family member/care partner presence would need to be limited to ensure safety or confidentiality, CCRMC employees will work with the family member and/or care partner to continue the visit as soon as possible.  Examples for when family member or care partner presence may need to be restricted include: a court order limiting or restraining contact, behavior that is a direct threat to patients, families, staff, or others in the immediate environment, or is disruptive of the functioning of the care unit.  Patient preference and patient wishes will be given priority.  Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers  (CCRMC & HC) respects  that the partners in care are essential members who help  provide support and comfort to enhance safety and quality of care during the patient’s experience while at CCRMC & HC.
Partners in Care, as identified by the patient, provide essential information during their time in our health care system and also during the transition to home or community care. 

II.                  DEFINITIONS
A.      Partners in Care are person(s) identified by the patient who are family members and/or friends or other individuals that are present to support the patient during the course of the patient’s stay at the health care facility and may exercise the patient’s visitation rights on patient’s behalf if patient is unable to do so. The support person(s) may provide emotional and/or social support and comfort according to the patient’s preference. Such individual(s) may or may not be an individual legally responsible for making medical decisions on the patient’s behalf.
B.      Patient refers to anyone admitted to the Hospital who has an appointment at any one of our Health Centers, or is actively receiving care at any one of our facilities.
C.      Family as defined by the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, “family” refers to two or more persons who are related in any way – biologically, legally, or emotionally. Patients and families define their “family.” 
III.                REFERENCES
A.      CMS regulations revising the Medicare Conditions of Participation as set forth at 42 CFR      
                          § 482.13
C.      Patient’s  Bill of Rights
D.      The Joint Commission RI.01.01, EP28 
IV.                POLICY
A.      All CCRMC & HC staff  as well as physicians shall not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation  on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and presentation or disability. For more information refer to department specific policies.
B.      Partners in care welcomed, based on the patient’s preferences and wishes. A patient may verbally designate a partner in care to exercise the patient’s visitation rights on his or her behalf in the event the patient becomes unable to do so. Upon such designation by a patient, the legal status of the relationship between the patient and the designated partner in care shall be irrelevant. This designation of an individual as the patient’s partner in care, however, does not extend to medical decision making.
C.      All CCRMC & HC staff and physicians will work collaboratively with the patient and Partners in Care to make any adjustments or changes to maintain the health, safety, privacy, and confidentiality of all patients.  
                This policy applies to all CCRMC & HC staff and physicians. 
VI.          PROCEDURE
A.     Share the “Partners in Care Welcoming Guide” with all patients and their partners in care.
B.     There are no specified visiting hours.  However, in the hospital, quiet time has been designated for the hours of 10 PM until 7AM every day to promote a restful healing environment for our patients.
C.     Every effort will be made to work collaboratively and respectfully with the patient and their partners in care to ensure health, safety, quality care, privacy and confidentiality for all patients.         
VII.         Attachment(s)/ Forms Used:

Partners in Care Welcoming Guide  
VIII.    Approved By:
(Clinical Practice Committee – CPC)
(Ambulatory Clinical Practice Committee – ACPC)
(Patient Care Policy and Evaluation Committee – PCP&E)
(Medical Executive Committee – MEC)                         
IX.           Created Date: 

             April 2013                                                                                                                             
 X.           Date Revised 

Partners in Care Welcoming Guide
Welcome to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Our purpose is to create optimal health for all through respectful relationships and high quality services. The safety and health of the people we serve is important to us. Their care requires teamwork, not only from staff, but from family and other loved ones.  Our staff is skilled in acknowledging how family members and/or Partners in Care are part of the support system and supporting collaboration.  Please feel free to talk with us about these guidelines, and any special requests that you have.  We will do our best to meet your needs, while ensuring the safety of all our patients in a restful, healing, and safe environment. 
    • Our patient and family-centered approach welcomes families as vital participants in a patient’s care. Family and other Partners in Care, as defined by the patient, are welcome at the patient’s bedside 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Our staff will work with you to ensure comfort, health, safety, quality care, privacy and confidentiality for all patients.  We are here to work with you and your loved one to support care choices, support you in learning how to manage physical challenges, and support you in connecting with others who are traveling your same path.
    • There are no specified visiting hours.  However, in the hospital, quiet time has been designated for the hours of 10 PM until 7AM every day to promote a restful healing environment for our patients.
    • Please ensure that all minors are accompanied at all times by an adult to ensure safety.
    • Please approach the entrance of the unit to be visited, and ensure you are signed in on a log book which includes your name and the patient you are visiting for the day. Sign out at the end of your visit.
    • It is helpful to maintain minimal personal belongings due to space constraints and safety.
    • Public restrooms are located in a variety of convenient locations and are clearly marked.  Please note that bathrooms in rooms are to be used by patients to meet their care needs.
    • CCRMC & HC Hospital main entrance is now accessible after 8pm.
    • You are welcome to visit our on-site CCRMC & HC Cafeteria to purchase a healthy meal or snack.  Cafeteria is open from 6:30am until 6:30pm, Monday through Friday; and from 7:00am until 6:30pm on weekends and holidays.  Hot meals are available for purchase during the following times:
Breakfast:             6:30 – 9:30am

Lunch:                   11:30 – 1:30pm

Dinner:                   4:30 – 6:30pm
    • Should you have a medication emergency or need immediate medical attention, visit the Emergency Department. Otherwise, 911 will be called.
    • Respecting the privacy, comfort and rest needs of all patients is a high priority.
    • To keep our patients safe, please observe all posted safety placards and directions.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Making Great Strides in Fighting Sepsis

CCRMC Making Great Strides in Fighting Sepsis 

Every year, there are many sepsis deaths as heart attacks. In fact, sepsis kills more people than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer combined. Much attention and effort has been focused on reducing sepsis in the hospital setting, and in observance of World Sepsis Day, I want to congratulate the staff at our Contra Costa Regional Medical Center for reducing the sepsis mortality rate by nearly 50%.

The credit for this accomplishment belongs to our frontline staff and our Sepsis Team, which formed in 2010 with the goal of improving severe sepsis detection and management. The multidisciplinary Sepsis Team—which includes physicians, nurses, and representatives from administration, infection control and pharmacy services—has worked tirelessly to ensure we are delivering timely care. Their work isn’t simply making a statistical difference – it’s saving lives.
More very soon,