American Heart Association Awards Recognize PVHMCs Commitment to Quality
Heart Failure and Stroke Care.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s
Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure and Stroke Care Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. The
awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure
and stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to
nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest
PVHMC earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures
for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure and stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of
the proper use of medications, aggressive risk-reduction therapies, various
stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines
with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for
stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education
on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit
scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients
with heart failure and those impacted by stroke by implementing the American
Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines initiatives,”
said President and CEO Richard E. Yochum. “The tools and resources
provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based
clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
PVHMC is also recognized on the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must
meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s
arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen
activator, ortPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat
“We are pleased to recognize PVHMC for their commitment to heart
failure and stroke care,” said
Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that
hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines
quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults
in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure
patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed
with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
A group for new and future dads!
This group is for dads who may be experiencing or living with someone
experiencing stress, depression, anxiety or other issues related to
pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. John Feith, our very own Boot
Camp for New Dads instructor, will lead this group.
1st Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm Starting October 9, 2018
Diabetes management is not a simple task. When you are informed about the
best steps to take, you can manage it more successfully. Attending this free educational class will help you gain a better understanding
of living well with diabetes. This class is for those with both Type 1
and Type 2 diabetes and is hosted by a clinical diabetes specialist from
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Diabetes Team. Click
here for more information.
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Our Goals and Objectives
All scenarios: Closed loop communication is key to all critical situations and is stressed
throughout all of the scenarios. Participants repeatedly see how improved
closed-loop communication yields better outcomes during the simulation.
Local Anesthesia Systemic Toxicity (L.A.S.T): The ultimate goal of this scenario is for the team to deliver the baby
within 5 minutes. During that time we look to ensure that proper ACLS/BLS
occurs during the attempted resuscitation. At the debrief portion, the
anesthesiologist explains the pathophysiology of L.A.S.T and the warning
signs that accompany it.
Shoulder Dystocia: The goal is for the MD to not exceed routine axial traction. Use of a
force-monitoring newborn mannequin is used to measure the actual force
applied. We also afford each learner (nurses and anesthesiologists included)
an opportunity to perform a shoulder dystocia delivery and give them real-time
feedback on the amount of pressure they are applying. The importance of
clear and accurate documentation is always emphasized during the debriefing.
Postpartum Hemorrhage: Early recognition of maternal hemorrhage- Both overt and occult bleeding
simulations are used to emphasize the importance of early recognition.
Participants learn to clue-in on the patient’s complaints, vital
signs and clinical presentation. This scenario also gives the team a chance
to become reacquainted with the hemorrhage cart and its contents. The
team is also evaluated on how quickly they begin fluid resuscitation and
invoke the Massive Transfusion Protocol.
Sepsis: We emphasize the importance of the “Golden Hour” and the
need to start antibiotics and fluids, specifically 30ml/kg, immediately.
The goal is to observe the team initiate the fluids
before waiting for a drop in the blood pressure. We also look to see if the team
orders serum lactate levels with the initial blood draw.
High Spinal Block: The main goal is that the team recognizes the respiratory compromise
and begins supporting the airway immediately. No CPR is required if the
team prevents the respiratory arrest from deteriorating into full arrest.
Close attention to the patient’s clinical status and proper communication
of the vital signs are key. Mistaking respiratory arrest for full arrest
can cause harm to the patient.
Managing Eclamptic Seizures: Our goal is to see that the participants protect the patient from self-harm
and verbalize the need to start giving medications only if the seizure
was prolonged or recurred frequently. Proper management of the blood pressure
is also examined and discussed during the debrief portion.
The class was improved throughout the year by making the situations more
clinically accurate and eliminating detractors such as irrelevant lab
values. The flow from one simulation to the next was improved by using
a different room for debriefing. This allowed the participants to focus
on the video playback and discuss openly what they felt they had done
well and what they felt they had missed. We also adjusted the rotation
of the learners so that they were able to be involved in different aspects
of the patient’s care. Sometimes the physician was the primary O.B.
for the patient, other times they were called in urgently to assist with
The team-building aspect of this class, although hard to quantify, was
of extreme value. Doctors and nurses come from different backgrounds and
are trained differently. Having them spend 8 hours shoulder to shoulder
working through difficult scenarios sheds much light on each participant’s
thought processes and allows them to anticipate each other’s next
move. Critical situations run more smoothly when the team is cohesive
and communicates effectively.
Laboring to Improve Outcomes.pdf
Two Experiences of the Living Well After Cancer Program
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center in conjunction
with The Claremont Club implemented the "Living Well After Cancer"
program in 2005. This program is for cancer survivors who want to regain
their strength and decrease the fatigue that usually accompanies cancer
Marilyn Franke was diagnosed in December 2009 at 58 years old. She began
the program about three months after finishing her radiation treatment
for breast cancer. "I didn’t know what to expect and I was
concerned it would be more than I could handle as I was still so fatigued
from treatment," shared Marilyn.
Samantha Day was diagnosed in January of 2006 at 41 years old. She joined
the program a couple of years after cancer treatment for breast cancer.
"I have always been physically active, but I was interested in taking
the different classes and learning new ways of staying healthy,"
Both ladies felt the camaraderie of the other participants was a huge factor
in getting the most out of the program. Marilyn felt, "If others
who had more aggressive treatment than I did can do the program that I
can too!" "I loved the laughs we shared while exercising and
the trainers made sure that everyone in my group felt connected no matter
what their fitness level was," said Samantha. This program is specially
designed to work with cancer survivors and is structured to not push participants
past their current strength and fitness level. Everyone works at their
own pace and not pressured to do activities they don’t want to try.
The program offers classes in Zumba, Yoga, Lo-impact Aerobics, Pilates,
Aqua and Hooping. Most participants are eager to try all the classes,
in addition to the cardio and strength training that is part of the program.
Both Samantha and Marilyn felt the class was very beneficial and would
recommend it highly to other cancer survivors. "It really helped
with my fatigue, both emotionally and physically. I felt so much better
after the program and was able to return to the activities I did before
going through cancer treatment. I also thought the trainers were great
and very supportive to the group." said Marilyn. Samantha says, "I
loved having access to The Claremont Club during the program. My husband
came to the club each time I went to class and worked-out in the weight
and cardio room, and he also took a few classes. The entire staff was
kind and friendly to everyone in the group. I learned so much about health
and wellness and nutrition. At the end of the program, there was a cooking
demonstration and we all got to eat the healthy food after – it
was great fun. All cancer survivors should attend this program."
Did this program change their life after cancer? "Yes - it gave me
more confidence and brought joy back into my life. It was fun to look
forward to going to the classes," shared Marilyn. Samantha agreed,
"My focus went back to living my life not focusing on cancer."
$100 Cardiovascular Screenings
Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths than cancer, respiratory disease,
and accidents combined. Risk of stroke and heart attack increases with
age, especially after 40 and even more, if you smoke, have high blood
pressure, or a family history of cardiovascular disease. About one-third
of cardiovascular deaths occur before age 75.
A simple $100 screening could save your life.
The key to cardiovascular health is early diagnosis and treatment, and
early detection. That’s why the
Stead Heart and Vascular Center at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is offering the most state-of-the-art
stroke and vascular ultrasound screenings for just $100
(for all three screenings):
•Carotid Artery Ultrasound to detect plaque in arteries leading to
the brain, causing a stroke.
•Ankle Brachial Index Ultrasound to detect peripheral artery disease.
•Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Ultrasound to detect bulging of the arterial walls.
And now they can be offered without a physician referral. They’re
performed by Certified Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs) and read
by an expert physician. These painless tests take about 10 minutes each,
and are available at two convenient locations —the Hospital Campus
or in Chino/Chino Hills.
A healthier future is just a phone call away. Schedule your screening by
calling the Stead Heart and Vascular Center
Your trusted source for heart disease and stroke care.
For more information, please click on the PDF below.
$100 Mammogram Program
Mammograms save lives. And, despite recent confusion, the American Cancer
Society states that all women—starting at age 40—should have a
yearly screening mammogram. The good news is that 92% of screening mammograms
detect nothing suspicious. And, more detailed studies find
in only 2% of women. Which means, for almost all women, peace of mind
is only a mammogram away.
Breast Health Center at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center wants to give every woman access
to that peace of mind by offering high-tech digital mammograms at the
lowest possible price.
The cost is just $100.
Which is a bargain for women with health insurance with a high co-pay or
deductible, or even no insurance at all. Call 909.469.9395 to schedule
your appointment at one of our three convenient locations; the Breast
Health Center within
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, the Pomona Valley Health Centers in Claremont or Chino Hills.
Peace of mind is just a phone call away, so call today.
For more information, please click on the PDF
CT Screening for Lung Cancer for high-risk patient
Are you 50 years of age or older with a history of smoking? - You can schedule
a CT scan that could save your life!
If you've ever been a smoker, or smoke now, you're certainly concerned
about your health risks. Well, here is some good news: CT screening can
reduce your risk, through early detection of lung cancer, in its early,
most treatable stage.
Recent clinical trials have confirmed that CT screening can reduce the
mortality from lung cancer in high-risk people by about 20%. The U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that anyone who has 30 pack-years
of smoking (one pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years)
should have annual CT screening.
For more information, please click on the PDF