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Monica Kough has known both the sorrows and joys of motherhood. Her sorrow came from losing her firstborn son, Ty, in her 23rd week of pregnancy four years ago. Her joy came from celebrating her son Eli's second birthday on April 1 of this year. When Kough and her husband, Danny Kaea, were expecting Ty in 2010, she remembers it as a "very exciting" time. However, when they lost their son, she says, "You leave the hospital without your baby and you ask, 'Where do I turn? Where do I go next?'"

Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoEl Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the UC San Francisco Fellowship Program to offer the first interventional pulmonology fellowships on the West Coast.Interventional pulmonology is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.

Image of MV Voice Online LogoTuberculosis rates are on the decline throughout the U.S., but in Santa Clara County the numbers remain high. With more cases of tuberculosis per year than most states, county officials are looking to shift the approach to fighting the spread of the disease, starting with a revamp in the way patients are tested for the disease. … Dr. Daniel Shin, infectious disease specialist at El Camino Hospital, said he agrees with the county's decision to move away from universal screening of children entering school. "The new approach is more accurate," Shin said. "It's better to get a risk assessment and test students at high risk instead of testing every student."

New York Times - On Saturday mornings, Cyndi Mariner puts on her Nikes, grabs a hat, and heads for Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. Joining a handful of other people caring for elderly parents, she walks for an hour along San Francisco Bay. The walkers watch the kayaks and sailboats on the water, notice the hummingbirds buzzing across the trail. And they talk about things like how not to scream when your loved one with dementia has asked you the same question five times in a row.

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.