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El Camino Hospital In the News

Image of MV Voice Online LogoIt used to be that when patients left El Camino Hospital, they left the health care facility behind them. But these days, since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many patients end up taking a piece of the hospital with them. After leaving the hospital, El Camino patients who are deemed to be at high risk for readmission are monitored, checked on and visited regularly by a member of the hospital's recently instituted program, Avoiding Readmissions through Collaboration -- ARC for short. The idea is to make sure these high-risk patients don't end up back in a hospital bed because of an avoidable mistake or oversight, such as forgetting to take their medication, or being put on a nutrition plan poorly suited for their needs.

Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoA robust flu season has led El Camino Hospital to take additional steps to protect its patients and visitors.

Hospital officials last week enacted visitation restrictions at its Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses prohibiting children under the age of 16 from visiting patients. Dr. Caroline Stratz, who practices at the hospital's adult and senior health clinics, told the Town Crier that the restrictions were instituted to help combat the spread of influenza by young visitors.

The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. along with the Fogarty Institute for Innovation (FII) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) announced today the formation of The Lefteroff Fund. The Lefteroff Fund was created to honor the work of Tracy T. Lefteroff, a partner at PwC who passed away last June, for his legacy of commitment and dedication to entrepreneurship in the life sciences industry. The fund will provide educational scholarships, grants and instructive opportunities to promising entrepreneurs and medical projects in the life sciences industry. The Lefteroff Fund will be housed and administered by FII, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit dedicated to mentoring, training and inspiring the next generation of medical innovators.

Becker's Hospital ReviewBecker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know" based on the selected leaders' abilities to leverage existing and new technology to further the mission of their organizations while elevating the level of patient care. These CIOs have spent their careers seeing the opportunity in challenges and innovating new solutions in a constantly changing field, making themselves invaluable figures in their hospital or health systems' executive teams.

AsianScientist - News and Information from the Asian Scientific Community -- Strand Life Sciences Private Limited in Bangalore is collaborating with El Camino Hospital to open a Strand Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine in San Francisco. This signals the start of a collaborative effort to bring advanced genomic tests in cardiology, oncology, pharmaco-genomics and personalized medicine to the community served by the El Camino Hospital.

Image of Los Altos Town Crier Logo The Los Altos Community Foundation completed its second grant-making cycle for the fiscal year, issuing a total of $136,400 to 45 nonprofits that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations including youth and seniors, community building and arts and culture.

The Community Grant Program helps sustain services at established local organizations such as Bus Barn Theater, the Community Services Agency, the Community Health Awareness Council, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital’s RotaCare Clinic, Hidden Villa, the Los Altos History Museum, Just- READ, the Krause Center for Innovation and the YMCA.


Image of Los Altos Town Crier Logo Patients who spend the holidays at El Camino Hospital will find holiday greetings to cheer them up when the hospital’s Auxiliary volunteers deliver cards handcrafted by local Kiwanis Club members. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos and the Bayshore Kiwanis Club teamed up last week to create more than 80 personalized holiday cards with supplies donated by The Makery in downtown Los Altos.

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation, in conjunction with El Camino Hospital’s Norma Melchor Heart and Vascular Institute and VIVA Physicians, Inc. (VIVA), has announced that it is accepting applications for the prestigious Advanced Endovascular Training Fellowship that will run from July 2014 through June 2015.

Leading Indian bioinformatics firm Strand Life Sciences has tied up with the US-based El Camino Hospital to set up a centre for genomics and personalised medicine in San Francisco, the city-based company said Saturday.

"The centre at the genomics medicine institute of the hospital in the Bay area of San Francisco will conduct genomic tests in cardiology and oncology for the local community, which has been an early adopter of technology solutions," Strand chief executive Vijay Chandru said in a statement here.


SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 3, 2013) - Citing a long-term goal of lowering preventable readmissions for Medicare patients, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, a non-profit hospital and health system trade association, and CareInSync announced today a partnership aimed at helping care teams improve coordination of safer and more efficient care transitions for patients. As technology provider for the Santa Clara County Acute Care to Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative Program (AC2SNF), CareInSync will use its Carebook™ platform to deploy the first-of-its-kind Mobile Care Navigation Network (MCNN) connecting Santa Clara County hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) beginning first quarter 2014.

The AC2SNF program is funded by the Health Trust and managed by the Hospital Council. El Camino Hospital, a Mountain View-based community hospital, will serve as an advisor for the program, having created a robust readmission prevention program using advanced technologies, such as telepresence, that resulted in a decrease in seven-day readmissions over a one-year period.

"Over the last year, we have gained significant insight into how the use of advanced technologies can improve patient care and prevent unnecessary readmissions," said Cheryl Reinking, chief clinical operations/chief nursing officer, El Camino Hospital. "We look forward to serving as an advisor as the AC2SNF program is rolled out and helping other healthcare organizations achieve their readmission reduction goals."