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Palo Alto Medical Foundation, El Camino Hospital Tapped as First West Coast Site for Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program

- Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary disease -

Mountain View, CA - March 13, 2014 - El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.

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El Camino Hospital Announces Appointment of Iftikhar Hussain as Chief Financial Officer

Mountain View, CA - February 28, 2014 - El Camino Hospital today 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.

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El Camino Hospital Earns Highest Quality Rating From Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database

-Hospital among top 5 percent in the nation for aortic valve replacement surgery outcomes -

Mountain View, CA - February 26, 2014 - El Camino Hospital today announced that the Norma Melchor Heart and Vascular Institute has received a three-star rating for aortic valve replacement (AVR) outcomes for the period of July 2010 to June 2013 from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database. This is the highest rating offered by the STS and ranks El Camino Hospital in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for outstanding performance and outcomes in AVR.

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El Camino Hospital and Fire Department of Santa Clara County Launch Free CPR "Citizen Responder" Mobile Phone App

-Citizen CPR, Provided Immediately After Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Can Double or Triple a Person's Chance of Survival-

-PulsePoint Alerts CPR-Trained Bystanders That Someone Nearby May Require CPR-

Mountain View, CA - February 14, 2014 - Today, residents throughout Santa Clara County will have the technology available to provide assistance to a person experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) who may be in need of CPR. El Camino Hospital, the fire departments within Santa Clara County and the PulsePoint Foundation announced the availability of the revolutionary PulsePoint mobile phone application to all of Santa Clara County.

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El Camino Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program Re-Accredited as Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

News Flash: Mountain View, CA - January 10, 2013 – The El Camino Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program recently achieved its re-accreditation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the leading bariatric specialty organization in the country.

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El Camino Hospital Receives Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care Facility Designation

- Orthopedic Institute recognized for excellence in spine surgery and total joint replacement -

Mountain View, CA - December 19, 2013El Camino Hospital today announced that its Orthopedic Institute has been re-designated an Aetna Institute of Quality®(IOQ) Orthopedic Care Facility for spine surgery at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses. Additionally, the Mountain View campus has also qualified for the Aetna IOQ for total joint replacement. Designated IOQ facilities demonstrate excellence in clinical quality, value and access for orthopedic care, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

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El Camino Hospital Among First in United States to Offer Breakthrough Device for Patients with Mitral Valve Disease

- Minimally invasive device pioneered by El Camino Hospital physician improves quality of life for patients with debilitating heart valve disease who are at prohibitive surgical risk -

Mountain View, CA - December 18, 2013 – Physicians at El Camino Hospital are among the first in the United States to offer patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR) a breakthrough new minimally invasive treatment option. The MitraClip device has been approved for U.S. patients with severe symptomatic degenerative MR who are at prohibitive risk for mitral valve surgery. El Camino Hospital also carries the distinction of having been the birthplace and one of the original investigational sites for the device. Frederick St. Goar, MD, pioneered the breakthrough concept and was instrumental in the development of the technology, which was eventually sold to and brought to market by Abbott Vascular.

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El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Delegation to India to Explore Partnerships to Improve Community Health

- Organizations to create memoranda of understanding to initiate projects in health and wellness, technology and medical innovation -

Mountain View, CA - December 11, 2013 – El Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation today announced that following the return of its delegation to India as part of Mayor Ed Lee’s SF Bangalore Sister City Initiative, the organizations will be exploring memoranda of understanding (MOU) with local Indian hospitals, healthcare organizations and technology companies.

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El Camino Hospital Board Member to Co-Chair Healthcare focus of Mayoral Delegation to India

- Delegation to meet with individuals at the highest levels of government and business to exchange ideas and best practices -

Mountain View, CA - November 25, 2013 – El Camino Hospital today announced that Nandini Tandon, PhD., vice chair of the hospital’s Board of Directors, will be co-chairing a Health care delegation of local business, civic and physician leaders, who will visit India from December 1-4, as part of the SF Bangalore Sister City Initiative. The delegation, led by the Honorable Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, will meet with individuals at the highest levels of government and business to exchange ideas and best practices in the areas of infrastructure, information technology, health and life sciences and empowerment of women.

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El Camino Hospital and Leaf Healthcare Piloting a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program Using Innovative Patient Monitoring Technology

- El Camino Hospital announces their participation in a pilot program of the Leaf Patient Monitor-

Mountain View, CA - November 21, 2013 – To address the need for improved pressure ulcer prevention and treatments, El Camino Hospital today announced their participation in a pilot program of the Leaf Patient Monitor, a system that wirelessly monitors in real-time, the position, movement and activity of patients susceptible to pressure ulcers (bed sores) and alerts staff when that movement deviates from individual turn-management protocols set by healthcare providers.

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El Camino Hospital Multicultural Advertisements Receive Industry Award

- El Camino Hospital Advertising Campaign Receives Multicultural Health Marketing National Award-

Mountain View, CA - November 6, 2013 – El Camino Hospital today announced that one of its advertising campaigns was recently awarded a bronze at the second annual Multicultural Health Marketing National Awards, which took place last month during the Multicultural Health National Marketing Conference in Washington, D.C.

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El Camino Hospital Named to Joint Commission “Top Performer” List for Quality Measures

- El Camino Hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals nationally that are being recognized-

Mountain View, CA - October 30, 2013 – 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.

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El Camino Hospital Cancer Patients Visit with San Jose Sharks Players

-Visit part of the team's participation in Hockey Fights Cancer initiative--

Mountain View, CA - October 9, 2013– As this year's hockey season gets underway, El Camino Hospital cancer patients received a special visit on Monday, October 7, from San Jose Sharks players –Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, as well as Dan Rusanowsky, the "Voice of the Sharks" and mascot S.J. Sharkie. The players visited with patients both on the in-patient floor, as well as in the infusion center where they took pictures and signed autographs.

"Cancer is a disease that still affects too many members of our community, which is why we are grateful to the Sharks for helping us raise awareness not just during Breast Cancer Awareness month but all year long," said Shyamali Singhal, MD, medical director, El Camino Hospital Cancer Center. "For our patients, having the opportunity to meet some of their favorite players in person gives them additional encouragement to continue their brave fight."

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Rehabilitation Center at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos Receives Three-Year CARF Accreditation

-Stroke and inpatient rehabilitation programs achieve highest level of accreditation for quality service-

Mountain View, CA - October 7, 2013– El Camino Hospital Los Gatos today announced that its Rehabilitation Center has received a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for both its Stroke Specialty Program and inpatient rehabilitation programs. The Rehabilitation Center received this accreditation in recognition of its commitment to quality improvement by meeting internationally recognized standards in rehabilitation services.

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Hospital is one of only 75 centers globally to participate in the SURTAVI Trial

-Hospital is one of only 75 centers globally to participate in the SURTAVI Trial -

Mountain View, CA - September 11, 2013– El Camino Hospital, in partnership with the Taft Center for Clinical Research and the Fogarty Clinical Research Institute, both a part of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, announced today that it has enrolled its second patient in a global clinical trial comparing the Medtronic CoreValve® System with surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery. The Medtronic CoreValve Surgical Replacement and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (SURTAVI) Trial is the largest global, randomized, controlled trial to evaluate minimally-invasive transcatheter aortic valve implantation in less-sick patients who today are typically treated with open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).

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El Camino Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™

- Hospital ranks among the top 10% in the U.S. for fifth consecutive year -

Mountain View, CA, August 19 2013 –El Camino Hospital today announced that it is one of only 48 hospitals in the U.S. to receive the Healthgrades 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™, which recognizes the top 10% of hospitals evaluated for their performance in bariatric surgery based on volumes and low complication rates. This is the fifth consecutive year that El Camino Hospital has been ranked in the top 10% for bariatric surgery. Additionally, the hospital has maintained its five-star rating for bariatric surgery for seven consecutive years. According to the Healthgrades report, five-star rated hospitals had 71% lower complication rates compared to one-star hospitals.

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El Camino Hospital Receives National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

-Senior Health Center demonstrates excellence in enhanced, collaborative care for aging population-

Mountain View, CA, August 12, 2013 – El Camino Hospital today announced that its Senior Health Center has received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (NCQA PCMH) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships between patients and providers, while improving outcomes and reducing costs. El Camino Hospital's Senior Health Center is one of the first of its kind in Northern California...

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El Camino Hospital Receives A+ Rating From Standard & Poor's

-Report affirms stable outlook for hospital's long-term debt -

Mountain View, CA, August 5, 2013 – Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has affirmed its A+ underlying rating and long-term rating for Santa Clara County's series 2008 revenue bonds issued for El Camino Hospital. S&P also affirmed its A+ underlying rating and AAA/A-1+ long-term joint criteria rating on the county's series 2009A variable rate demand bonds. The outlook for El Camino Hospital's overall long-term debt of $332 million is stable.

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El Camino Healthcare District Awarded With Transparency Certificate of Excellence

-District is the first in Santa Clara County to receive this distinction-

Mountain View, CA -August 1, 2013–The El Camino Healthcare District today announced that it has been awarded with the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), making it the first district in Santa Clara County and the twelfth in the state to receive this distinction. There are 2,184 independent special districts in California. This award recognizes special districts that exemplify outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.

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El Camino Hospital Feature Stories

O.R. Director Talks About Her Hip Replacement; Shares Secrets to a Successful Surgery

Mary Rivera, RNAfter nearly three decades as an operating room nurse and manager, Mary Rivera, R.N., learned the hard way that standing on cement floors day after day takes its toll on your joints. At first the pain in her hip was manageable, but over time it grew worse.

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Talking About Cancer Treatment in 2012

Dr Shane DormadyEl Camino Hospital has profiled many of patients Dr. Shane Dormady's patients--patients who have overcome Stage IV cancers. In this interview, we ask Dr. Dormady about the current state of cancer care, the latest innovations in treatments, and how the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center works on behalf of its patients.

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Know Your Family History: My Gallbladder Story

Melanie NorallFor the past year or so, I've had occasional sharp pains in my right shoulder blade (always in the same spot) and sometimes felt a bit sick to my stomach after going out to dinner. But my symptoms were always short-term and sporadic--the pain would come on at night but would always be gone in the morning, causing me to think that perhaps I had just imagined it. But in January 2012, I was in so much pain I went to the ER at 3 a.m. in tears. Blood work and an ultrasound revealed I had something I had not expected at all--gallstones (hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder).

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Measure M Updates

July 22, 2013
Superior Court Issues Formal Judgment on Measure M
-Initiative limiting El Camino Hospital executive compensation declared unconstitutional 

May 30, 2013
The issue continues to be viewed in the courts and we anticipate an update approximately by the end of June.

January 24, 2013
Facts to clarify why El Camino Hospital filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of Measure M

November 16, 2012
El Camino Hospital Board Authorizes Counsel to File Lawsuit Challenging Measure M