About this project

This project is a partnership of KQED, the San Francisco Chronicle and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.  The center is funded by the nonpartisan California HealthCare Foundation.

The study of medical procedures and geographical variation was conducted by Dr. Laurence Baker of Stanford University and was also funded by the California HealthCare Foundation. The work was commissioned by the Campaign for Effective Patient Care, an interest group that promoted the involvement of patients in making medical decisions. Formed during the health reform debate, the group recently disbanded.

The Center for Health Reporting, based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, is editorially independent of the foundation and had no role in Baker’s study.

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To read a response letter from St. Helena Adventist Hospital, click here.

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