Over six days in July, Dr. Ronnie Mimran performed 11 spine surgeries on children in Mbarara, Uganda. The young patients made remarkable recoveries.
“The next day, kids were up, kicking a soccer ball around. The kids are incredibly resilient,” Dr. Mimran recalls. “I left with a deep, deep love of their people. They live with nothing, existing on about 75¢ a day. But I’ve never met a happier population of people.” Read More about Eden Surgeon Makes Mission of Medicine, Education and Community
“This award further underscores the fact that the physicians and staff at Eden Medical Center consistently provide high quality health care to all patients in our community,” said Terry Glubka, Eden CEO.
Twice annually, more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Eden Medical Center is the first health care facility in California designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ — the highest distinction possible from the American College of Radiology.
Medical imaging is one of the most important tools physicians use to detect disease, diagnose conditions, plan the course of treatment and track progress. Eden Medical Center is home to some of the most advanced imaging technology available, including a 3 Tesla MRI, 128-slice CT scanner and 3D mammography. Imaging can show the development of a fetus in a pregnant woman, the location and stage of a cancerous tumor, or the extent of brain damage in a trauma patient.
“This honor simply confirms what we already know — that our patients receive the best care possible,” said Dr. Mark Goldsmith, medical director of Diagnostic Imaging at Eden. “It goes beyond the award itself, as it is a commitment to meet the most rigorous standards in all facets of diagnostic imaging.”
To become a “Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence,” facilities must obtain ACR accreditation in every imaging modality in which accreditation is offered. The hospital’s Imaging Department must also demonstrate integration into the overall health delivery system. Quality indicators are then used to show how the department affects patient outcomes with a focus on efficiency, safety and quality care.
“Designation as a center of excellence is the pinnacle of medical imaging care,” said Terry Glubka, Eden CEO. “I am proud of the Imaging Center team, not only for this achievement, but most importantly, for the excellent care they provide every day.”
The American College of Radiology
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More about SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care
“It’s not so much ‘getting back to normal’ as it is finding out what’s normal for you now,” says Risa Kagan, M.D., FACOG; Sutter Health gynecologist. “Your new normal may include making changes in the way you eat, the things you do and your sources of support.”
These tips from the National Cancer Institute can help with the most common challenges for cancer survivors: Read More about Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Cancer Treatment
Fall-related injuries are a serious health threat to older adults, who are five times more likely to be hospitalized after a fall than for any other accident.
At least 20 to 30 percent of falls in older adults lead to serious injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries.
What can you do to prevent a fall? Safeguard your independence by reducing your risks at home and in your daily activities. Read More about Take Action to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries
Q: I’ve heard urinary tract infections (UTIs) are getting harder to treat. Why is this and who’s at risk of developing one?
Jonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH, answered:
UTIs are one of the most common infections doctors treat: More than half of women living in the United States will get a UTI. Urinary tract infections are caused by microorganisms—usually bacteria—that enter the urethra and bladder, causing inflammation and infection. UTIs are more common in women because women have a shorter urethra than men do. That means bacteria travel a shorter dAistance to a woman’s bladder. Read More about Ask the Expert: Are You at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection?