HealthSpeak Community Newsletter
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Please note: All physicians featured are on the medical staff of Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC). Many of these physicians are in private practice and, as independent practitioners, are not employees or agents of NHMC. Information contained in this publication is not intended for purpose of diagnosis or prescribing. Please consult your physician before taking on any form of medical treatment, exercise program or dietary guidelines.
Soaring to New Heights - Summer 2013
We care, not only for our patients, we care for our cities, our valleys and our planet, as well. Through our social responsibility and sustainability programs, we are reducing our carbon footprint. Learn more in the Summer issue of HealthSpeak.
At the Leavey Cancer Center, we offer more than advanced, lifesaving medical care. We map out a customized plan for each patient that addresses the diverse needs we serve in our community. Explore one man's story in "Miracle Man or Medicine?".
Learn how a young man is "Back in the Grove" after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm, how you can "Jump Back Into Life" with hip or knee replacement, and how we are helping to fight childhood obesity.
With medical mistakes making national headlines, people often wonder, “What can I do to ensure my safety during a hospital stay?” The answer: Choose a hospital with an award-winning infection prevention team and that has implemented a national patient safety program like Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s No Harm Campaign.
Unique Care for Every Heart - Winter 2013
Northridge Hospital ranks Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Clinical Excellence’ by Healthgrades for two years in a row. Healthgrades also named us one of ‘America’s Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and Critical Care’ in addition to dozens of top quality rankings in the areas of Heart, Lung, Gastrointestinal, Critical Care and Maternity Care.
The current issue features personal stories of triumph for patients from the CardioVascular Center,
Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatric Trauma Center, the da Vinci Robotic Surgery program and the Center for Assault Treatment Services. Be sure to check out our free community education classes, learn about the new CPR and more.
Making the Grade - Fall 2012
Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Clinical Excellence
We're proud to announce that Northridge Hospital Medical Center is ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the United States for Clinical Excellence by Healthgrades—a national healthcare ratings organization.
To put it simply, people are more likely to have successful treatment, fewer complications and lower mortality at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. Specifically, it results in a 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate among Medicare beneficiaries compared to all other hospitals.
This issue also features "Smart Drugs Just Got Smarter" from the Leavey Cancer Center, the "Hippest Skier" from Orthopedic Services, "Find Your Rhythm" from the CardioVascular Center, Babies First "Baby Feasts the Odds" and more.
Where Miracles Happen Every Day
Five patients share their stories of how Northridge Hospital made a difference in their lives. Read their stories and ten-year-old Amanda Tisdale thank-you letter after receiving a pet therapy visit in Northridge Hospital’s Pediatric Unit. Don't forget to check our support groups, community education classes and more in the Summer 2012
issue of HealthSpeak.
Your Numbers Count Winter 2012
Knowing these numbers can help improve your body and mind, even if you're not a math whiz. Get the healthy 411 and know your numbers for a healthier you. Prevent the top three causes of death in the U.S. --- heart disease, cancer and stroke. Well-known prevention methods for all three include exercising, healthy eating, managing diabetes, not smoking and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. Learn much more in this issue of HealthSpeak.
Surgical Excellence Fall 2011
Always looking ahead! That’s how Northridge Hospital Medical Center maintains our commitment to offer the latest medical advancements that result in improved patient outcomes. We are the only hospital in the San Fernando Valley equipped to treat a wide range of surgical needs with minimally invasive technology.
Case in point: we are one of the few hospitals in the area to offer minimally invasive Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. Plus, we were the first facility in California to have two fully integrated high definition EndoSuite® Operating Rooms. They feature the latest in camera and digital capture technology, including HDTV monitors to provide our surgical teams the best visualization possible. You'll read about our surgical excellence in this issue of HealthSpeak in which Northridge Hospital’s patients share how their rapid recoveries helped them resume active lifestyles—enjoy!
Summer 2011 Happily Ever Afters
Inspiring stories of hope and healing are featured in our current issue as patients share their recoveries and are rejoined in marital bliss. And, Jaimee Jessop can hold up her head, feed herself and is learning to walk—again— precious milestones every parent awaits. But Jaimee’s first steps are nothing short of a miracle for the Jessops, who found her unconscious and in full cardiac arrest when she was just 3 years old.
During the past 10 years, Northridge Hospital Medical Center has reached out to fortify our community support by awarding more than $1.1 million in community grants to 64 nonprofit groups. Northridge Hospital proudly awarded six grants, this year, totaling $151,760. Read all the stories in our current issue.
First & Only Pediatric Trauma Center
Northridge Hospital now boasts the only
Pediatric Trauma Center in the San Fernando Valley. The Level II Richie Pediatric Trauma Center
opened this past fall and provides life-saving care to infants, children and adolescents. Care for our smallest patients begins with our Babies First
services and extends through our pediatric services with a specialized Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
and our trauma care.
Together We CAN Win the Fight Against CANCER
The "new" Leavey Cancer Center’s unique approach to healing is palpable the moment you step inside. From the most advanced technology resulting in better clinical outcomes, to a healing environment that fosters integrative health and a sense of well-being—the newly expanded Cancer Center’s research-based design offers treatment for the whole person.
Explore all that embodies the that Together We CAN WIN the fight against CANCER in the Fall 2010 issue of HealthSpeak.