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El Camino Ambulatory Surgery Center recently launched an outpatient joint restoration program. The surgery center is centrally located on the El Camino Hospital campus in Mountain View. The Joint Commission accredited the ASC, which also includes an Eye Center of Excellence. The Outpatient Joint Restoration Program offers a personal care manager to guide patients through their time at the ASCI and continues working with patients for at-home rehabilitation post-surgery.


The night of March 22 saw a flurry of fuschia pinks in clothes accessories and décor at the 6th annual Scarlet Night Gala of the South Asian Heart Center. Around 740 supporters, with hearts of gold, gathered at the Santa Clara Marriott for the center's biggest fundraiser for the year.

"This year our vision has blossomed,” said Ashish Mathur, executive director of the South Asian Heart Center. “The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has endorsed us and that’s a huge credibility."

Read more on the India West website.

Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoThe Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital last month received a three-star rating for aortic valve replacement outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database. The rating, based on outcomes between July 2010 and June 2013, is the highest the Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards. The distinction ranks El Camino Hospital in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for outstanding performance and outcomes in aortic valve replacement. “Our commitment is to perform in the top 10 percent in the country in quality,” said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital. “This is an example of that commitment. This achievement is a true testament to the expertise of our multidisciplinary cardiothoracic surgery team, who produce the best outcomes in aortic valve replacement.”

Image of MV Voice Online LogoEl Camino Hospital has appointed a permanent chief financial officer. Beginning in April, Ifitkhar Hussain will replace the outgoing interim CFO, Ned Borgstrom.

Hussain comes to El Camino after 26 years in health care finance, according to a hospital press release. Prior to taking the position, Hussain worked as the chief financial officer at Mills-Peninsula Health Services for nine years. Before that he was director of finance at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for 12 years. Prior to that, Hussain was director of accounting services at Mercy Healthcare/Catholic Healthcare West.

El Camino Hospital announced that it has appointed Iftikhar Hussain as the hospital’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Hussain will replace interim CFO, Ned Borgstrom, starting in April. Mr. Hussain previously served as the chief financial officer of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Calif. Prior to his position at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Mr. Hussain has held include Director of Finance at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. He also spent five years as the Director of Accounting Services at Mercy Healthcare/Catholic Healthcare West in Sacramento, Calif., and four years at – what was formally known as – Arthur Andersen.

Image of MV Voice Online LogoVisiting the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit like James Bond taking a tour of Q Branch. Descending from the street level lobby to the ground floor of the old El Camino Hospital building in a clunky old elevator, a few turns down a nondescript hallway brings you to the front office.


Image of San Jose Mercury NewsAn estimated 1,000 people will die in the U.S. today from sudden cardiac arrest--it's the leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 360,000 people annually.

Now, there's a new location-based mobile phone app that could reduce those numbers by creating a cadre of "citizen responders" who can assist heart attack victims while emergency responders are on the way.

The app was developed for El Camino Hospital and is integrated with 911 systems. So when emergency crews are dispatched to help a heart attack victim, the app simultaneously notifies CPR-trained bystanders that someone nearby may require their help.


Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoA crowd of friends, family members and staff at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center gathered last week to kick off the Symphony of Color Art Show. The exhibition – on display in the hospital's Piano Lobby through February – is a collection of paintings created by El Camino Hospital cancer patients, all students of art therapist Tehila Eisenstat, who has offered her Creative Expressions painting class for the past 12 years on the hospital campus.

Morgan Hill Times -- According to the American Heart Association, every day nearly 1,000 Americans are killed by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Once SCA strikes, time is critical. For every minute that passes without a patient receiving resuscitation, the chances of that person surviving decreases by 10 percent. Unfortunately, 60 percent of SCA victims don't get CPR until professional help arrives and often, it's too late. That is why the City of Morgan Hill has teamed up with Fire Departments within Santa Clara County and El Camino Hospital to launch the PulsePoint mobile app to all of Santa Clara County, according to a press release from the City of Morgan Hill. PulsePoint is a location-based app that alerts CPR-trained citizen bystanders that a person nearby requires help, allowing them to start CPR before the ambulance arrives, and save valuable time. When 911 is called to report a SCA, the 911 operator sends a PulsePoint alert, which is received by nearby app users who are provided the location of the SCA emergency. The app can also help locate the nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to use in resuscitation efforts.

Image of MV Voice Online LogoSudden cardiac arrest? There's an app for that. Health and safety officials from Mountain View and around the county are endorsing the local launch of the PulsePoint system, a mobile app that alerts users when someone nearby is having a heart attack, giving good Samaritans the chance to lend a potentially life-saving hand until emergency responders arrive.