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$50 Digital Mammograms in October

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines Quality Achievement Awards for Exceptional Heart Failure and Stroke Care

Stroke Awards

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Recognized as American Red Cross Pump It Up Challenge Winner for Outstanding Community Blood Drive Support

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U.S. News & World Report Names Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Among Best Regional Hospitals in Los Angeles Metro Area

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Receives $15 Million Grant for New Pediatric Unit

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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Named Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence for Two Consecutive Years

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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PVHMC is offering Digital Screening Mammography for only $50.00

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Walk to Remember

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Honoring the memory of precious babies and children who have died. Please click here for more information.

U.S. News & World Report Names Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center a High Performing Hospital for Aortic Valve Surgery and Heart Failure

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.heart failure seal

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

aortic valve surgeryPomona Valley Hospital Medical Center earned “High Performing” ratings for Aortic Valve Surgery and Heart Failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for that type of care.

“We are filled with gratitude to receive recognition for the endless hours of care that our team devotes to create highly personalized care for everyone that visits PVHMC,” said President and CEO Richard E. Yochum. “We hope that in receiving these accolades from the U.S. News & World Report Pomona Valley residents can be assured that premium health care is just minutes from home.”

For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

The Procedures & Conditions ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.

For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

Financial Literacy Workshop

For women who are early-career and just starting to focus on building wealth, women professionals who have not done much financial planning yet and want to start, and women who want a reminder of what they should be doing to prepare for their financial future. Presented by The BloomAgain Foundation

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Fourth Annual Neurosymposium

The Space-Time Continuum in Comprehensive Stroke Care

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Patrick Lyden, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FANA
Professor, Department of Neurology Cedars-Sinai Carmen and Louis Warschaw Family Chair in
Neurological Research

Saturday, October 5, 2019

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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 scientific evidence.

healthgrades sealPVHMC 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 ischemic stroke.

“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 mortality rates.”

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.

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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.

Meets every 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Diabetes 101diabetes

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.

Did you know that you can designate Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Foundation as the charity of your choice when you shop at Amazon?amazon smile

How does PVHMC's Foundation receive the donations?

Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations will be transferred approximately 45 daùs after the end of each calendar quarter. To account for Product returns, a portion of the quarterly donations will be withheld until the next donation cycle, subject to any reduction due to returns from prior quarters.

How does AmazonSmile work?

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

How to get started?

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You will need your existing Amazon account details or you may create a new account if you don't already have one.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?

The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

PROMPT Training

Our Goals and Objectives

mannequins trainingAll 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 another MD.

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.

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Two Experiences of the Living Well After Cancer Program

womenThe 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 following treatment.

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," explained Samantha.

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

screeningCardiovascular 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 at 909.865.9135. Your trusted source for heart disease and stroke care.

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$100 Mammogram Program

hispanic womenMammograms 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 breast cancer in only 2% of women. Which means, for almost all women, peace of mind is only a mammogram away.

And the 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.

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CT Screening for Lung Cancer for high-risk patient

ct screeningAre 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.

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