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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.
Looking to the Future - Fall 2014
More than a century of experience and years of scientific research have taught us that medicine is more effective when delivered with humankindness. A nurse adopts a terminally ill patients beloved dog, our pet therapy "Dog-tors" bring joy, and our Family Medicine Residency Program strives to improve the lives of the underserved. Plus check out our free community education classes, support groups and so much more.
Superior Care for Little Superheros - Summer 2014
Your Local Pediatric ER
We’ve met specific requirements to receive approval from Los Angeles County as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics
and the Valley’s first Designated Pediatric Medical Center
. We’re approved to receive patients via the 9-1-1 system with pediatric specialists available 24 hours a day to render immediate treatment to children with critical injuries. We provide a higher level of care for critically ill pediatric patients. Learn more about the finest care for little superheros.
Our newly designed NICU
will feature a family-centered atmosphere with:
- The most advanced equipment to treat babies born at any viable gestational age, including micropreemies
- Sleeping quarters for the newborn’s parents
- A convenient family pantry
- A lactation room for new mothers
Good News! The Scales Are Tipping Down: Obesity rates among children in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are declining thanks to the hard work of Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s School Wellness Initiative. Northridge Hospital’s physicians clear up some common medical myths and misunderstandings, commmunity classes, support groups and more in the new Summer issue of our community newsletter. View on Issuu.
High Tech & High Touch - Winter 2014
Introducing cutting-edge projects currently underway - all of which are geared to improve patient comfort, convenience and care. Learn more about our advanced cancer-fighting tools.
It’s difficult not to boast about an OR that no one else has! Northridge Hospital is the first facility in Southern California to offer the technologically-advanced Siemens Hybrid Bi-Plane OR Suite. We couldn't talk about growth without mentioning the newest upgrade to our da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System.
We're proud to receive the Pediatric Medical Center designation, which means children no longer need to be transported further away to other specialty centers. Our PMC designation supports Los Angeles County’s goal to transport 9-1-1 patients to the right place the first time.
Dignity Health Northridge Hospital is ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical excellence by Healthgrades for three years in a row!
Northridge Hospital is the first facility in Southern California to offer Verasense, which replaces the plastic spacer block typically used during knee replacement surgery.
Then read Steven's story and how he recovered from a spinal cord injury when he crashed into a sandbar while surfing, thanks to the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. You can also download our community education and support group calendar for Winter 2014.
Hard at Work - Fall 2013
Humankindness is at the heart of our community outreach. That’s why over the past 12 years, we've awarded grants totaling $2,688,600 to 78 non-profit organizations who benefit the community via the Northridge Hospital/Dignity Health Community Grant Program. And in fiscal year 2013—in just 12 months—we provided nearly $62 million in financial assistance, community benefit and unreimbursed patient care.
In Fall 2013 issue of HealthSpeak read stories of programs that add a special touch of humankindness. And we are growing to serve you better from revolutionary heart care to caring for our smallest patients in our new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Mini Incisions, Mighty Recoveries. Patients can get back on their feet even faster with the newly acquired and more refined da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System. Heart procedures are now more efficient than ever before with the arrival of the Siemens Hybrid Bi-Plane OR Suite. We are the first facility on the West Coast to offer this technologically advanced room, which combines imaging capabilities, vascular interventional procedures and surgery in one convenient area. Learn more about the new Welcome Baby Program.
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.
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.