The Patient Safety Honor Roll evaluates hospitals to determine high performing hospitals


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By Robert Airoldi

Congratulations to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Louise Regional Hospital. The South Valley’s hospital was named in December to the State of California’s Patient Safety and Maternity Honor Rolls for demonstrating a strong culture of safety across multiple departments.

St. Louise made the state’s Maternity Honor Roll for meeting or surpassing a statewide target aimed at reducing births via c-section in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies.

“We are proud to be on both honor rolls. It takes a team effort and our physicians, nurses and support staff are committed to meeting rigorous performance measures for our patients’ safety,” said Gloria Dela Merced, RN, St. Louise Regional Hospital Executive.

The Patient Safety Honor Roll evaluates hospitals to determine high performing hospitals. It measures various areas including hospital acquired infections, adverse patient safety events, sepsis management, and patient experience. These measurements are foundational to establishing shared goals and sense of purpose, and to advancing improvements. St. Louis Regional Hospital has demonstrated a strong culture of safety, provides high quality care to patients, and showed its ability to meet the state’s patient safety measures.

Glad to see that almost a year after we almost lost our local hospital because of the political maneuvering of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, St. Louise is doing well in serving patients.

Sometimes in Morgan Hill when the wind is right we can smell the aroma of garlic in the air. That’s when we know that Olam’s processing plant is operating. An icon of South Valley’s garlic industry, the plant was just sold to a Chicago investment firm in a nine-figure deal.

Greg Estep

Last month, Olam International, through its subsidiary Olam West Coast, completed a deal to sell the real estate assets of its onion and garlic processing facility in Gilroy for $110.3 million. The assets were bought by Chicago-based investment management firm Mesirow Financial.

“We are pleased to have secured a long-term tiered revenue-sharing agreement with Mesirow Financial for operating the onion and garlic assets for our U.S. spices business,” said Olam’s managing director and CEO of spices, Greg Estep. “As a large, leading financial services firm in the U.S., Mesirow has been a long-term partner of many large corporations in real estate transactions so I am confident our partnership will go a long way towards creating value for our respective stakeholders.”

Olam also entered into a tiered revenue-sharing arrangement with Mesirow. They will share a part of the annual revenue from operating the assets for a period of 25 years.

The site on Pacheco Pass Highway just east of Gilroy has been a place for processing garlic since the 1930s.

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Supervisor Mike Wasserman signs the final steel beam of the San Martin Animal Shelter.

If you’re driving along Monterey Road south of San Martin, take a look at the progress in construction of the new Santa Clara County Animal Shelter. I’m impressed to see how much work has been done so far on a project that will be so vital to taking care of our four-legged friends.

On Nov. 22 South Valley community members enjoyed a beautiful day as they attended the “Topping off” ceremony, a monumental construction milestone where the final steel beam was installed. Many of the participants signed their names to the beam.

“When I first set foot in the existing 70-year-old County Animal Shelter as a newly elected county supervisor, I vowed then and there to help build a new and improved one,” said Mike Wasserman, who attended the ceremony. “I am so proud that after years of planning, our new LEED Silver certified Animal Services Center is on track to open in 2021.

The 37,000-square-foot-facility will include modern dog dorms that provide indoor and outdoor access, an open air outside park for dogs to interact with potential forever owners, free-roam cat condos with climbing structures, a 10-stall barn and pasture, two surgical clinics to service our growing animal population, and a community space that will accommodate up to 300 people.

“We must still raise funds to complete critical infrastructure inside this state-of-the-art facility, and I hope that you will consider supporting local animals with a tax-deductible financial contribution,” Wasserman said.

Want to make a donation for this part of the project? Go to or call (408) 918-4643.

Robert Airoldi