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Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoEl Camino Hospital has become one of the first facilities in the state to adopt a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered high risk for surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Medtronic CoreValve System to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis at high risk for surgery.


Sunnyvale School District - The District Digest -- All youths in Sunnyvale and their families will have reinforcement from a huge collaborative effort whose mission is to make active living and healthy eating available and accessible in Sunnyvale. Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and El Camino Hospital support a shared group, Collaborative Addressing Childhood Obesity in Sunnyvale, with a mission to prevent and reduce childhood obesity through community collaboration. The effort launched in April 2012. The idea to initiate and facilitate a dialog among community partners came from Sally Twesten, PAMF Health Education Manager, and Jeremy Loader, PAMF Health Education Program Specialist.

Hospitals are looking at new ways to treat heart disease, and a new, minimally invasive procedure is being tested as a possible alternative to open-heart surgery. El Camino Hospital is one of four hospitals in California to take part in clinical trials for a new heart-valve replacement procedure, and so far the results have been encouraging, hospital officials said.

Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoU.S. News & World Report recently ranked El Camino Hospital as one of the top hospitals for 2014-2015 in the San Jose metropolitan area. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.


Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoThe El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual “Sapphire Soirée” fundraiser drew 470 guests to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton May 31.

The benefit included a performance by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, a live auction and a chance to win a pair of pink sapphire earrings donated by Darren McClung Estate & Precious Jewelry. The event raised nearly $600,000 to establish a cancer survivorship program at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center.


KGO-ABC 7 An ingenious technology that's saving lives in the Bay Area is now getting even more powerful. It's a smartphone-based app that's getting emergency care to heart attack victims much more quickly. For ambulance crews, racing cardiac patients to the hospital is a life-saving routine. But often, it's the first moments after a heart attack that make the difference.


Kaiser Health News --It is perhaps the biggest men's health craze since Rogaine or Viagra: so-called low testosterone clinics, which have rapidly grown in cities and suburbs all across the country. But these “low T” clinics have also drawn the ire of leading urologists and endocrinologists who question the clinics’ safety.

Testosterone prescriptions in the U.S. more than tripled in the last decade, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But researchers suspect much of the testosterone dispensed at low T clinics isn’t tracked since it’s often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone—officially a controlled substance—has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems.

"In most doctor's offices, you don’t see a big shingle over their door saying, ‘Get your testosterone here!’” says Dr. Edward Karpman, a board certified urologist and the medical director of the Men’s Health Center at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. Karpman says low T clinics aren’t in the business of treating the complex medical problems that often masquerade as low energy and decreased sex drive. Those can include sleep apnea, depression and, perhaps most importantly, heart disease.

The new, two-story facility will replace the current old and inadequate behavioral health facility at the hospital, according to Michael Fitzgerald, executive director of behavioral health services at El Camino Hospital. He said the current facility was built to be used for 30 years, and it's going on 52.
El Camino Hospital is banking more land for future growth, buying up a number of medical office buildings near its Los Gatos facility in recent weeks with an eye on the long term.

The deals are the latest in a long string of real estate moves by health care providers in the West Valley that have turned the area into a health care hot spot. In the last year or so, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have all moved into the Los Gatos-area market or expanded their presence there. Nearby, on the Los Gatos/San Jose border, Samaritan Medical Center is moving forward with development plans for a 64,650-square-foot medical office building.


First Warning Systems, the Reno, Nevada-based company that’s working on wearable sensors for early detection of breast cancer, has raised $560,000, according to CEO Rob Royea. Steven Welch, a private investor and former COO of BP (not to be confused with DreamIt Health founder Steve Welch) led the round with a $300,000 contribution. The rest came from a syndicate of investors in Singapore, where First Warning intends to launch its product in early 2015...Starting in July, two clinical trials will be conducted with the device. Dr. William Farrar, will lead one study at the JamesCare Breast Center at The Ohio State University. The other study, led by Dr. Josh Ellenhorn at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will be a multisite study, that also includes El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California.