UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 16, 2021
Hospital Revenue Dips 1%, Net Income Drops 17% – The List – Hospitals
Owners of the largest hospitals in Orange County have plans to keep growing—with a particular eye on Irvine. UCI Medical Center in Orange—No. 1 with $1.3 billion in net patient revenue—plans to build a $1 billion medical center with an acute care hospital and an ambulatory care center at the corner of Jamboree Road and Birch Street, not far from the University of California, Irvine. “World-class care is going to happen now at one proximate site,” Steve Goldstein, vice chancellor of health affairs at UCI, told the Business Journal last month. The project will open in three phases in 2022, 2023 and 2025. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Money, Feb. 15, 2021
More Than 3 Million College Students Who Can’t Afford Food May Be Eligible for Expanded SNAP Benefits
The FRESH Basic Needs Hub at the University of California, Irvine, for example, hosts a food pantry, meal swipe program, fresh produce from a partner farm, and assistance applying for state and federal benefits. Undocumented students can get help, too. The food pantry has handled more than 6,400 visits so far this academic year, says Hub director Andrea Gutierrez. It’s the most used of all available services, even with fewer students on campus.

Orange County Register, Feb. 15, 2021
Orange County makes push to vaccinate those with less access
“I think that the county now really recognizes that there are challenges. It’s not just ‘If you have vaccine, they will come,’” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Public Health and a member of the county’s vaccine task force. “Equity is about making sure that everybody has the same access.” … Limited supply has been one of the toughest issues to navigate, because officials have to choose how to divide an in-demand resource, said UCI’s Boden-Albala. “Equity actually means putting emphasis on harder-hit areas and hard-to-reach populations,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CalMatters, Feb. 16, 2021
Why personal debt looks healthy despite worst year for jobs
“Once the dust settles, this is going to be a story of inequality,” said Matthew Harding, professor of Economics and Statistics at UC Irvine. … After the 2008 crisis, credit card debt spiked. So did the share of U.S. borrowers late on repayments. By late 2009, roughly 12% of American household debt was delinquent, the highest rate ever recorded. “When we worry about the averages, we miss a lot,” said Harding of UC Irvine.

Becker’s Hospital Review, Feb. 16, 2021
How 9 hospital innovation chiefs want health IT to further adapt to the pandemic
Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of IT and data, UC Irvine: We’re certainly not through this, but there is a glimmer of light on the horizon in what we could call “a post-pandemic world.” I think now we need to return to bimodal thinking and realize in the near term we still need to adapt to what COVID-19 throws at us. At the same time, we cannot shy away from the conversation we need to be having at the leadership level about the “new normal,” what we’ve tried and learned during this horrible period and which aspects do we want to keep in place in the new normal.

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