Sat10252014

Community

Supervisors celebrate partnership between ECH, Valley Med


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Photo Courtesy Of Prx Supervisor Liz Kniss, from left, honors hospital officials Chris Ernst, Barbara Avery, Wes Alles and Chris Wilder.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors May 22 honored the partnership between the El Camino Hospital District and Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center for providing medical and dental services for uninsured families at Valley Health Center in Sunnyvale.

Supervisor Liz Kniss presented a resolution that recognized the hospital district and Valley Med for developing a patient-centered medical home model in which all care is provided in one place by a team of health-care providers.

Over the past three years, the El Camino Hospital District has donated $3.8 million to underwrite otherwise unfunded services at Valley Health Center, enabling nearly 14,000 patients to receive cost-effective primary care and dental services.

“This support has empowered VHC Sunnyvale to build a medical home, and that’s key because patients are getting all the care they need in one stop,” said Chris Wilder, Valley Medical Center Foundation’s executive director. “When we and El Camino Hospital District team up to provide care for patients, we are improving health outcomes, and reducing trips to the emergency room and return trips to doctors.”

Recent cuts in California’s state budget have resulted in reductions in coverage for preventive services for Santa Clara County residents using Medi-Cal, leaving many without health-care coverage.

“This wonderful partnership allows us to improve the health of our communities with patient-centered health care to bring prevention, wellness and easy access to health for our community members,” said Barbara Avery, El Camino Hospital’s director of community benefit. “We are honored that Supervisor Kniss recognized the importance of this partnership and how it is truly a model collaboration between a public health system and a nonprofit hospital district.”

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