Patients

Exotic animals, including a camel greeted recovering patients at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek Wednesday. (CBS)

Exotic Therapy Animals Greet Recovering Patients At John Muir Medical Center In Walnut Creek

Exotic animals greeted patients to celebrate National Rehabilitation Awareness Week at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek Wednesday.

09/24/2014

Oakland Kaiser Permanente

Oakland-Based Kaiser Agrees To Pay $4M Fine Over Access To Mental Health Services

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay a $4 million fine over allegations it denied some patients timely access to mental health services.

09/11/2014

(CBS SF)

Cash-Strapped Doctors Medical Center Ends Its Emergency Ambulance Service

After 60 years, emergency ambulance service came to an abrupt stop at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo Thursday morning as the financially embattled hospital struggles to staff its emergency room.

08/07/2014

San Francisco City Hall (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Approve Laura’s Law

The measure proposed by Supervisor Mark Farrell was approved by a 9-2 vote and will allow court-ordered treatment for the severely mentally ill.

07/09/2014

Medical marijuana at a dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

The city of Berkeley now requires medical marijuana dispensaries to give away 2 percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients.

07/02/2014

Digital Hospital, Electronic Health Records, Medical Records

Thousands Of Electronic Health Records Stolen From Santa Rosa Medical Office

Officials in Sonoma County say a thumb drive containing health records of nearly 34,000 patients was stolen from a Santa Rosa medical office last week.

06/12/2014

Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol

Sonoma County Hospital Closing Despite Doctors’ Efforts To Keep Open

Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, the only hospital in west Sonoma County, is scheduled to close Monday because of declining patient admissions and low reimbursement for treating most of its patients.

04/28/2014

Medical Generic, caduces

UCSF Study Could Change How Eating Disorders Are Treated

Calling it a giant step forward, researchers at UC San Francisco urged the medical community to reconsider how they treat patients hospitalized with anorexia nervosa, following the study of 56 anorexic patients who were treated with a higher than normal caloric diet during the recovery process.

09/20/2013

Surgery

New Report Finds Bay Area Hospitals Most Expensive For Surgeries

The report looked at price differences for different areas of the state, with some hospitals charging 250 percent more than others.

07/12/2012

(CBS)

Supervisors Consider Closure Of Aging Burlingame Long-Term Care Facility

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide whether to close a long-term care facility in Burlingame, a move that could cost as many as 200 jobs and force the transfer of 230 patients who live there.

02/13/2012

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