Health Care Partnerships

About Health Care Partnerships

California’s hospitals are struggling. Many only remain operating because they’ve partnered with a system. 

Partnerships — when two or more system join together — have saved many hospitals from failing and leaving communities without necessary services. They’ve created efficiencies, increased quality, and improved service. 

These relationships are essential in keeping hospitals, and the jobs that come with them, in smaller communities. Seventy-seven percent of California hospitals have partnered with a larger health care system. That number likely will grow over the next few years as hospitals work to recover from the effects of the pandemic. 

The past three years of COVID-19 response go to the heart of what partnerships can achieve — the rapid transfer of necessary resources among partnered facilities like personal protective equipment, ventilators, and staff to treat patients, to name a few. 

CHA to Host Webinar on Implementing Age-Friendly Care Throughout the Health Care System

Older adults who experience acute health events are regularly managed through services provided in multiple settings – emergency departments, inpatient care, and post-acute care settings – and require several risky care transitions. These episodes are among the top drivers of health care costs and poor outcomes for aging populations. Hospitals have responded by implementing cross-continuum strategies to increase understanding of the unique needs of older adults and establish “age-friendly care.” On June 20, CHA will host a webinar where members can hear from West Health, a leader in the development of health care delivery models that improve care and access while reducing costs for the fast-growing, diverse population of older adults.   

Transforming to Age-Friendly Health Care

Join us to hear from West Health, a leader in the development of health care delivery models that improve care and access while reducing costs for our fast-growing, diverse population of seniors. Presenters will share proven research, effective organizational and community collaborations, and strategies for financial sustainability for implementing age-friendly care throughout the health care system.

Valley Children’s Healthcare CEO Todd Suntrapak Elected 2023 Chair of California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees

SACRAMENTO (January 12, 2023) — Todd Suntrapak, President and CEO of Valley Children’s Healthcare in Madera, has been elected 2023 chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Suntrapak, who has been with Valley Children’s for more than 25 years, was named CEO in 2012 after serving in various leadership positions. He has championed the organization’s commitment to providing highly specialized and comprehensive pediatric care to 1.3 million children throughout California’s Central Valley.

In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, New Study Highlights Benefits of Hospital, Health System Partnerships to Patients, Communities

SACRAMENTO (October 27, 2021) — In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and other “transformative forces” reshaping the delivery of health care, a new report by the national consulting firm Kaufman Hall sheds light on the importance and value of hospital and health system partnerships in protecting access and improving the quality of patient care in communities across California.

Health Care Partnerships in Action

“Our affiliation with an academic medical center allowed us to bring nationally ranked programs to our South Bay community. Our patients have benefited from our ability to offer a spectrum of advanced procedures that were never previously available in our market and to provide a more advanced level of care within the community.”

– Craig Leach, President & CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center