ValleyCare to merge with Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Physicians' group to be integrated into Stanford's University Healthcare Alliance

ValleyCare Health System Thursday announced it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to affiliate with Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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Posted by Jean Lamb
a resident of Portola Valley
on May 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Please find out why the merger with East Bay Hospitals will be under Stanford Hospital and Not under Stanford Health where Lucile Packard Hospital will be placed. What a mammoth project which is certain to change the quality of care.

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Posted by Not again
a resident of Professorville
on May 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

Stanford Hospital merged once before, with UCSF, and that was a failure.

The quality of care at Stanford Hospital is rather poor. The nursing department is dangerously understaffed. I know when I was hospitalized with a serious leg injury, I never saw a nurse after 11:00 pm, even when my IV ray out and the alarm went off for hours on end ( until 7:00 am).

I can't understand how Stanford can get away with charging so much for such bad care. Last year I was hospitalized with MS, and my new insurance company would not even allow me to go to Stanford--I had to go to El Camino, much farther away. It turned out to be a godsend: quieter, cleaner, far better food, many vegetarian options,,excellent nursing care ( a nurse had to hand-feed me the first 36 hours). It was almost like an upscale hotel. But, six years after my stay in Stanford Hospital, my El Camino bill was 25% less expensive than the Stanford one--in spite of the fact that I was at El Camino two days longer, and spent the first two days in the ICU!

Hopefully, an affiliation with Valley Care will teach Stanford how to be more more efficient and cost-effective, but somehow I doubt it.

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