The commission that oversees hospital accreditations has named El Camino Hospital, with campuses in Los Gatos and Mountain View, to its list of the nation's top performers on key quality measures for 2012. El Camino is one of 1,099 U.S. hospitals to achieve that distinction. The rankings are based on hospitals' treatments for conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, inpatient psychiatric services and stroke
With the holidays upon us, you will probably find yourself at an office holiday party, dinner party or other social activity surrounded by tempting foods and drinks, which look inviting and taste delicious but are usually high in calories, fats and simple sugars. Read this guest column by Barbara A. Mocnik, R.N., CNS, is clinical director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital.
Delivering secure and managed desktops in a healthcare environment poses unique challenges:
Staff use machines interchangeably. Users travel and work from multiple locations, Providing staff with the quick logon times and reliable performance they need from critical, clinical applications
Knowing this, the IT team at El Camino made providing a secure, consistent and reliable desktop experience a primary objective of their VDI project. "First and foremost it was about significantly rethinking and improving the care provider experience,” said James Brummett, the Technical Director at El Camino Hospital. “Centralizing our desktop delivery also allowed us to securely manage company data from within the data center and ensure adherence to standards."
High school isn't what it used to be. Teenagers are facing more pressure than ever to not only succeed in the classroom and prepare for an increasingly competitive workforce but to adjust to a changing social environment, one that extends outside the campus walls and into the world of digital and social media. Sadly, not all students make it through this difficult time, at least not unscathed.
El Camino Hospital, with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, offers an outlet for local students who see no other way out. The hospital's After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) program works toward meaningful and effective treatment for teenagers who are experiencing anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition, according to its website.
California: Cupertino Memorial Park here came alive Oct. 12 with over 12,000 parents, kids and community members as the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and its Asian American Business Council held their 11th Annual Diwali Festival of Lights. The theme of this year’s festival, inspired by sponsors El Camino Hospital and the South Asian Heart Center, was “Healthy Eating and Healthy Living,” as demonstrated by all the festival food vendors who offered a heart-healthy meal and its recipe for all the festival-goers.
Truven Analytics unveiled the names of its top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S., adding that the healthcare system would shave $1 billion off costs if peer hospitals achieved the standards of the winners.
Truven based its rankings on performance measures, using Medicare and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services databases and reports on the Medicare population to conduct its analysis. This year’s report included cardiac image stress testing and bilateral catheterizations in its measures.
El Camino Hospital today was named one of the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for 2012 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals nationally that are being recognized, representing the top one-third of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.
"We take great pride in having earned a position on this prestigious list through the hard work and dedication of our staff, who focus tirelessly on delivering the right evidence-based interventions in the right way at the right time to care for our patients," said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive offer of El Camino Hospital.
Coronary artery disease patients no longer must go through invasive procedures to get their fractional flow reserve (FFR) measured. The computation of FFR can now be done in a non-invasive way invented by HeartFlow, a new company once incubated at Fogarty Institute of Innovation. Founded within El Camino Hospital in 2007, Forgarty Institute provides intellectual, physical, and financial resources for medical technology start-ups in residence. So far three companies have "graduated" from the institute. Besides HeartFlow, PQ Bypass offers a non-surgical, long-lasting bypass in the femoral artery; Niveus has launched a device to preserve muscle mass and strength in intensive care unit patients.
El Camino Hospital cancer patients received a special visit Oct. 7 from San Jose Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, joined by Dan Rusanowsky, the “Voice of the Sharks,” and mascot S.J. Sharkie.
The players visited with patients on the inpatient floor and in the infusion center, where they posed with patients for pictures and signed autographs. Several of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center physicians, patients and their families were able to attend the Sharks’ Oct. 12 game. After the game, the group received a private tour of the facility and met other players.
Tom Leitzke, 64, of Campbell is as healthy as can be: he enjoys bicycling, hiking, playing the drums and creating birdhouses. Six years ago, he was told there was only a 7 percent chance he would survive the next five years. Today, Leitzke works a full time job and is happy to be alive...
Leitzke underwent Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery in March 2012. Now, a year and a half later, another CT scan showed that he is cancer free. Dr. Bob Sinha, medical director of radiation oncology at El Camino Hospital, described Cyberknife as "a revolutionary way of delivering radiation therapy." During the treatment, a robot delivers high energy photons into the body with sub millimeter precision, Sinha said. Leitzke's tumor was about two centimeters long: the technology can treat areas as small as 0.4 centimeters and as large as 7 centimeters, he said.