Stanford Hospital & Clinics Boosts Homeless Healthcare

For Release: April 23, 2008
Media Contact: Scott Leykam
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Writer: Sara Wykes

Santa Clara County's homeless will have another avenue toward health and vital social services in October, with the help of a $25,000 contribution from Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

In a program approved Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Stanford will support special recuperation rooms in San Jose to be used for as long as 14 days by homeless discharged after acute care from area hospitals.

The 15 rooms designated for this rehabilitation care are in the EHC Boccardo Reception Center's Little Orchard Street shelter. The shelter is not licensed to provide medical care, but the program will add care hours at the adjacent Valley Medical Center Clinic. The program also will fund a full-time clinical nurse and part-time counselors and psychologists to connect patients with federal benefits programs and full menu of other health and social aid programs.

Former Stanford Medical Center CEO Malinda Mitchell was a consultant to the county. The recuperative shelter room program was a collaborative project that included the county's Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Ending Homelessness and the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. 

"Stanford Hospital & Clinics is committed to supporting programs in our community which provide services to people in a safe and appropriate manner," said Stanford Hospital & Clinics Chief Operating Officer Mike Peterson.

In testimony before the supervisors Tuesday, experts calculated that 50 to 55 homeless are in area hospitals each month, with the highest population at the county's Valley Medical Center. Prior to this kind of rehab program, hospitals could arrange for patients to go to friend or family or arrange for motel vouchers or transport them to a shelter. Most shelters require their clients to leave during the day, something that doesn't work well when someone is recovering from surgery, or a heart attack or other major medical procedure.

The bulk of the program's $650,000 cost will be covered by federal health care grants for the homeless. Other area hospitals making $25,000 contributions are Valley Medical Center, Regional Medical Center, El Camino Hospital and O'Connor Hospital.  

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