In the past year, the number of continuous education opportunities for nurses at Southern California Hospital at Culver City has significantly expanded. The overhaul of the clinical education department introduced new programs and educators to the hospital and allows the nurses to have a dedicated space to expand their skills.
When a patient goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest, a team of healthcare providers has mere minutes to assemble at the bedside to perform resuscitation. Every second counts during such a crisis, and a rapid response is critical to the patient’s survival. Called Code Blue, this type of medical emergency occurs fairly often in hospitals and staff must be fully prepared to react quickly. A new simulation program is helping clinicians better prepare for a Code Blue by putting their skills to the test.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City may be the only hospital to offer a designated behavioral health unit for COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles, according to Lawrence Story, vice president of behavioral health services.
“When COVID-19 first emerged, we quickly realized that it could have a major impact on our patient population,” said Barbara Neefs, director of behavioral health services, “and we needed to do something quickly.”
Southern California Hospital at Culver City’s subacute unit received five stars—the highest possible rating—for quality of resident care. Five stars mean the quality of care is “much above average,” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Every quarter, the federal agency publicly releases quality ratings for more than 15,000 nursing homes certified by Medicare and Medicaid on its Nursing Home Compare website.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the subacute unit at Southern California Hospital at Culver City has maintained strict infection control procedures throughout the pandemic. They include testing staff weekly and residents monthly for COVID-19, as well as double temperature checks for anyone entering the facility. As a result, the unit has fortunately remained COVID-free.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City was the 2021 five-star recipient for treatment in 10 clinical categories, including two national recognitions for cardiac care: 2021 Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for seven years in a row (2015-2021) and Pacemaker Procedures for four years in a row (2018-2021).
With newly formed clinical education programs, nurses at Southern California Hospital at Culver City have more opportunities to continue learning and expand their skill set than ever before. The programs train nurses in specialized areas such as critical care and emergency to allow them to work in departments where demand is high, particularly in light of the recent pandemic.
These new programs give nurses a chance to choose an area that they will engage in, driven by a nurse’s own desire to become a critical care nurse, operating room nurse or another specialty.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City Named One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care and Receives 11 Additional National Clinical Awards
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care for 2 Years in a Row, according to new research by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. In addition, the hospital achieved the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for the second year and is 2021 five-star recipient for treatment in 10 clinical categories. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and all-payer data from 16 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.
The rehabilitation services department at Southern California Hospital at Culver City is helping patients with COVID-19 recover from the lingering effects of the disease and regain their independence. Whether they need assistance with physical, occupational, or speech-related activities, the therapy team has stepped up to provide individualized treatment throughout the pandemic.
Southern California Hospital Heart Institute Expands to Provide Higher Level of Care to West Los Angeles
In the past six months, Southern California Hospital at Culver City has launched a number of new initiatives focused on improving the technology and services offered by the Heart Institute. Despite the recent challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the institute has continued to move forward with upgrades to its cardiac care, such as a novel treatment system for heart failure and construction of a new catheterization lab.
At the end of January, health officials confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County, a returning traveler from Wuhan, China. Two months later, that number had skyrocketed to over 1,200 cases. Healthcare workers on the frontline, including those at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, scrambled to treat and contain patients infected with a never-before-seen pathogen.
“When you’re in the land of the unknown, it’s a lonely environment. It’s hard to know which direction to go,” said Chief Nursing Officer Michael McGinty, who went through COVID-19 himself. “You’re there as a nurse on the floor, and it’s a totally new, different situation.”
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic impacted virtually every healthcare organization in the world. Prospect Medical Holdings, which operates 17 hospitals in five states—including Los Angeles Community Hospitals in LA and Norwalk—as well as 165 outpatient centers and 28 medical groups, found its hospitals at the center of the crisis.
A growing national healthcare system, Prospect quickly leaned on its core values amid the crisis and took decisive action to help mitigate the impact on its communities, facilities, staff, and patients. To do that, Prospect relied on the same grit, determination, and vision that guided its actions during its origin.
When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times. Gio Cecchin, a nurse at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, has been in the forefront of the COVID-19 battle, volunteering to the fight from the beginning, adapting to changing info, providing impeccable patient care during pandemic, supporting his coworkers and keeping a positive attitude, according to Chief Nursing Officer Mike McGinty.
Case manager Angela Cook was recognized as a behind-the-scenes COVID-19 hero by the Culver City Patch in August. Learn more about Angela’s contribution to our Culver City patients during the pandemic.
New programs, services and other initiatives are helping Southern California Hospital at Culver City distinguish itself, while increasing quality care, patient volume and patient satisfaction. This includes investments in our weight-loss surgery, cardiac and transgender surgery programs, as well as sterile processing equipment.
Nothing is more important than patient safety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community can take comfort in the fact that Southern California Hospital at Culver City is among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety Excellence in 2020.
The hospital has broken ground on a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, which will be fully equipped with advanced imaging and computing instrumentation for both diagnostic and interventional procedures, which include coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty, stent placement, and electrophysiology testing.
A new medical partnership significantly expands the number and type of orthopedic services available to Culver City residents. LA Bone and Joint Institute, originally based in Encino, has opened a second office on the Southern California Hospital at Culver City campus.
A simple thank you can go a long way—especially to the unsung health heroes fighting on the COVID-19 front lines. Josette Patton was recognized for her efforts and upbeat attitude during the pandemic and always by ABC News Los Angeles.
Reducing your exposure to coronavirus exposure during the July 4th holiday is possible by taking the correct precautions. Southern California Hospital Heart Institute Medical Director Ernst von Schwarz, MD, shows how to protect friends and family during the long weekend.
Hospital Receives National Clinical Recognition in 2020 for Pulmonary, GI, Heart Attack and More Conditions
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received national clinical recognition in pulmonary and GI care, heart attack, COPD and other conditions, which should give peace of mind to West Los Angeles residents.
In less than two minutes, learn how to decontaminate your hands, shoes and tabletops of viruses, including COVID-19.
Chief Nursing Officer Mike McGinty was featured in a Los Angeles Times’ spotlight on COVID-19 frontline staff in LA area. Mike said that “having gone through COVID myself, I can go to the bedside and connect with the patients.”
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is reportedly the first hospital in Los Angeles County to acquire joimax's technology for endoscopic spine surgery.
In this video, Prospect Medical clinical leaders across the nation share stories of sacrifice, encouragement and thanks from the front lines of care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Southern California Hospitals at Hollywood and Culver City Named America’s 100 Best for Gastrointestinal Care in 2020
Southern California Hospitals at Hollywood and Culver City are named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care in 2020, according to a national study by Healthgrades. In addition to the GI care recognition, the hospitals were recognized with more than 15 clinical achievements in 2020.
Culver City Council, along with the fire and police departments, paraded in front of Southern California Hospital at Culver City to honor the nurses, along with all staff, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade, which included sirens, lights and thank you signs outside the hospital, honored both nurses and the entire staff for their efforts to care for the community during the outbreak.
Radiologists at Southern California Hospital at Culver City now have access to advanced technology that increases efficiency and delivers faster high-quality ultrasound and X-ray images. Digital images can be sent by wi-fi directly from the patient’s room to the hospital’s PACS (picture archiving and communication system) for radiologists to view.
Every year, we celebrate National Nurses Week. This year, at this exceptional time, our Prospect Medical nurses’ sacrifices, dedication, and compassion have an even deeper meaning. I thank all our nurses for the tremendous work they do every day to care for our patients, especially during this pandemic.
Dr. Ernst von Schwarz performed the first implantation in California of the new Optimizer® Smart system for treating patients with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure. The device addresses an unmet medical need in patients who fail to get adequate benefits from standard treatments and have no alternative treatment options.
Fueling the Fearless” delivered pastries and coffee for 100 employees at Southern California Hospital at Culver City. Klepin said it was important for his staff to feel appreciation and to experience “that kind of humanity” as they went about their difficult work.
Employees Donate Food and Supplies to West LA Residential Care and Assisted Living Residents During Pandemic
Employees of Southern California Hospital at Culver City are giving back to the communities during the COVID-19 crisis, delivering bags of food and supplies to the 20 residential care and assisted living facilities. These facilities are vulnerable to shortages of food and household supplies due supply chain challenges and quantity restrictions at grocery stores.
Pop-up Grocery Store, Employee Temperature Screenings and Command Center Supports Patients and Frontline Clinical Staff During Pandemic
Southern California Hospital at Culver City began temperature screening employees and patients on March 20 to determine if they posed a risk of spreading COVID-19. This is just one of the effective steps the hospital is taking to protect patients and employees on the frontline of the pandemic.
A focus on improving case management processes at Southern California Hospital at Culver City has created a more efficient, streamlined system that benefits both patients and hospital. The improved process means hospital resources are not overutilized and patients can go home sooner to a safe environment.
To continue to provide care for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, many doctors are offering telemedicine appointments, including Dr. Ernst von Schwarz, a board-certified cardiologist and medical director of the Southern California Hospital Heart Institute in Culver City.
March 30 is National Doctors’ Day across our nation. Many of our physicians are on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, so today we recognize our talented and committed doctors. Regardless of their specialty, the COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges to our doctors requiring sacrifice, dedication and compassion.
Prospect Medical leaders at every level of our organization, clinical and non-clinical alike, are working around the clock to be responsive and proactive in the fight to identify and treat those infected by the virus, and protect those who are not from the threat. Teams are meeting several times a day to assess the evolving situation, particularly its impacts on our employees and providers, patients and their families, hospitals and other facilities, communities, and those we are proud to serve.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is Only Hospital to Offer joimax Endoscopic Spine Surgery Technology
There is a new minimally invasive procedure to treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis now available in Los Angeles. Southern California Hospital at Culver City is the first hospital in LA to acquire the endoscopic spine surgery technology by joimax®. The joimax procedure eliminates the need to cut or damage any healthy tissue to access the compressed nerve, which typically results in faster recovery for patients.
March 8-14 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare safety. During this week, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, as well as inspire action to improve the safety of the healthcare system—for patients and the workforce.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City’s Launches Journey to Become a High Reliability Organization
Patient safety is a top priority at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, which is why the hospital leadership is committed to becoming a High Reliability Organization (HRO).
Read Dr. Ernst von Schwarz, Heart Institute medical director, Ernst von Schwarz’s invited commentary in JAMA about palliative care and the heart failure patient. Although palliative care has been traditionally associated with patients with cancer, there is increasing recognition of its important role in caring for patients with other life-limiting chronic diseases such as HF.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is helping to redefine hospital food with a new and improved café menu, Entrée Reimagined, that takes inspiration from popular restaurants like Chipotle and Wingstop. Visitors and employees can now enjoy an ever-rotating menu that cycles through concepts like Verde (Mexican), Smokehouse (BBQ), Cheese Louise (mac and cheese), and Honest Bowl (grain bowls).
To mark American Heart Month, NHLBI, one of the National Institutes of Health, is inviting people across the country to team up and join #OurHearts, a national heart health initiative that encourages people to improve heart health together.
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is a critical part of maintaining general health. Blood pressure is the force blood exerts against the walls of your arteries. This force is primarily a function of how hard your heart is pumping and how much resistance to that blood flow your arteries are exerting. Resistance can come from the narrowing of arteries as we age or as a function of poor diet, inflammation, and other factors.
February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others in the Hispanic/Latino communities.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City Named Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross/Blue Shield
West Los Angeles residents interested in weight-loss surgery now have access to a nationally designated program in Culver City. Southern California Hospital at Culver City has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Sometimes grocery shopping can be a dangerous task. We tend to go to the grocery store when we are hungry, ready to scoop up all the delicious-looking, ready-made food or sweets from the bakery.
Next time the sensation to grab the first box of cookies you see takes over, think about your heart! Did you know that each year about 800,000 people die from heart disease? It’s up to you to keep your heart healthy, and you can start by making sure your fridge and pantry are stocked with heart-healthy foods.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decades, only about half (56%) of women recognize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many believe it’s cancer, yet heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.
For this reason, The American Heart Association created the Go Red for Women awareness campaign. The campaign is designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both women and men. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news is that healthy choices can help manage or prevent heart disease. Many of us set up a New Year’s Resolutions in January related to lifestyle improvements, such as eating healthier, exercising more, and reducing stress. These lifestyle changes not only help you, but creates a framework that your children will take into adulthood. February Heart Month provides another opportunity to keep those positive lifestyle changes.
There is a reason that National Heart Month falls in February—the same month that Valentine’s Day is celebrated. As Valentine’s Day is all about the heart, this is a good match. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both American men and women; almost one in every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. African-American men are especially susceptible.
So many positive changes have been made over the last year in the behavioral health services that Barbara Neefs, program director, even surprised herself when she listed them: Detox unit renovations; new inpatient and outpatient program protocols; and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) expanded services, increased patient safety and satisfaction.
Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a powerful way to prevent heart disease and improve your overall health. Use the steps below to work toward a more heart-healthy diet. Here are 6 easy ways to eat smart for your heart.
More nurses are opting to make their careers at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, thanks to the “Grow Your Own” retention and recruitment initiative.
You just joined a gym as part of your New Year’s Resolution to get into shape, and maybe feel a little intimidated by the whole new environment. Congratulations on taking the first step toward fitness. You may feel confused and conspicuous the first few times you walk in the gym. However, the best place to begin is with the new member orientation.
It’s official! You’re the proud owner of shiny new fitness tracker as part of your New Year’s Resolution to walk 10,000 steps a day. Sure, you can hit that number when it’s gym day, but it can be a bit more difficult on your off days. This hurdle can be overcome by making a few little changes in your daily routine.
Is weight loss your 2020 New Year's Resolution? Like many of us, the answer is likely yes. However, if you have a BMI score of 40 or more (about 100 pounds overweight) and have tried diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes and have not achieved your ideal weight, consider weight-loss surgery. You also may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of 35-39 with specific significant health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.
Does your back give you pain? Well, you are not alone. About 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. So, when should you be concerned that your back pain is too severe to cope with on your own? Read on to see if surgery or other interventions are right for you.
Employees at Southern California Hospital at Culver City opened their hearts and wallets in December so local children in need had toys to unwrap during the holidays. In a partnership with the Culver City Fire Department, employees donated hundreds of toys to the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.
Despite gaining 40 pounds after having her third child, Sose Antebelian said she rarely thought of herself as being overweight; that is, until she saw pictures of herself. “When I saw picture of myself, I would think, that isn’t really me,” she recalled.
For many people looking to lose weight in 2020 or maintain current weigh, the greatest nemesis is food cravings. The seemingly insurmountable desire for something very specific (and usually very unhealthy) is more than normal hunger. Some research shows that these strong yearnings are linked to habits, hormones, and emotions.
Cravings differ from person to person, but the foods that usually cause us to blow are clean eating habits are processed and full of salt, chemicals, fat, and sugar. It’s because of these cravings that many of us struggle with losing weight and keeping it off.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Uncontrolled cases can cause blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and other serious conditions. Before diabetes is diagnosed, there is a period where blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. This is known as prediabetes. It's estimated that up to 70% of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, progressing from prediabetes to diabetes isn't inevitable.
It's time again for your annual checkup. What your doctor does during your yearly exam will vary to some degree based on your age, changes in your health, and other variables. Different doctors may also check different things simply because exam protocols vary. Also, if there is something specific you need to have examined, it could require a specialist to diagnose the problem properly.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recognized Southern California Hospital at Culver City and its sister hospital in Hollywood for meeting or exceeding the Healthy People 2020 target of 90% influenza-vaccination coverage for healthcare personnel. “Congratulations on achieving greater than 90% influenza-vaccination coverage for your healthcare personnel during the 2018–2019 influenza season,” said Keith Gurtzweiler, LA County Public Health liaison nurse for Acute Communicable Disease Control.
Patients and employees have seen lots of changes in Southern California Hospital at Culver City’s 17-bed emergency department in 2019—from an attractive facelift to substantially faster times to see a doctor. The facelift created a more tranquil environment, which included adding soothing pale blue walls and contrasting flooring to welcome patients as they are assessed and triaged. And, thanks to the addition of a second triage nurse and other efficiencies, the average time for a patient to see a doctor from the time they walk in is now 13 minutes, down from 23 minutes.
Culver City Hospital Nationally Recognized for Heart Attack and Heart Failure Treatment for Fifth Year
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received five-star ratings for “Treatment of Heart Attack and Heart Failure” for the fifth year in a row by Healthgrades (2015-2019). Heart failure occurs when your heart is damaged and too weak to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. In addition, the Culver hospital also was a Healthgrades’ five-star recipient for “Pacemaker Procedures” for two years in a row (2018-2019). To support the clinical achievements, the hospital is among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety Excellence (2018-2019).
As part of being a valued community partner, Southern California Hospital at Culver City is always looking for ways to expand needed programs and services. In 2019, the hospital launched a gender confirmation surgery program, providing comprehensive care by a hospital team that honors its patients undergoing a life-changing experience. “Our hospital staff has gone through sensitivity training to provide an experience that is welcoming, safe and inclusive,” said Kathren Alkasspooles, vice president of planning and business development. “It’s as simple as not forgetting the basics of human compassion and respect.”
Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood Awarded Four Stars from Government Agency
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Southern California Hospitals (SCH) at Culver City and Hollywood an impressive four out of five stars for high-quality health measures.
Most people never expect to get sick. But when it happens, it’s comforting to know you're already in a hospital.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City among Top 5% in Nation for Patient Safety Excellence in 2019
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, putting the hospitals in the top 5% in the nation among acute care hospitals for patient safety for the second year in a row.
Ah yes, spring is in the air—along with all the sneeze-inducing pollen! Seasonal allergies are extremely common, but no need to suffer this year. Numerous strategies can help reduce or prevent your symptoms before they start.
Weight loss surgery can produce significant and sustained weight loss, resulting in improved health.
Many of us want to lose weight and many of us want to be healthier. Many of us want to change aspects of our lives or substantial parts of our lives that we don’t feel are serving us well.
As a behavioral health tech at Southern California Hospital at Culver City, Ruben Trejo enjoys developing a rapport with patients and many often call him Uncle Ruben.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the pathology/clinical lab at Southern California Hospital at Culver City based on a recent accreditation inspection.
Whether we like it or not, winter is coming. Avoid cold and flu season this winter by building up your immune system with these great health hacks.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City is a national recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ 14 Years in a row (2005-2018), which makes it among the top 10% in the nation for pulmonary care.
National Study: Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood Recognized as Five-Star Recipients
Southern California Hospitals at Culver City and Hollywood are recognized with five stars—the highest rating—in five clinical areas for 2019, according to Healthgrades.
Going back to school after the summer break, especially when transitioning from elementary school to middle school, from middle school to high school or from high school to college, can be an especially stressful time for many adolescents.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City received the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Healthgrades, putting it in the top 5% in the nation among acute care hospitals for patient safety for a third year.
Undiagnosed, Untreated Bipolar Disorder in Women in their Late 40s Can Lead to Increased Risk of Suicide
Women are most at risk for developing bipolar disorder at two key stages of their lives: in their later teenage years and when they reach their late 40s, when the risk of suicide may increase.
Southern California Hospital at Culver City's bariatric surgical center has been named an Accredited Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Southern California Hospital at Culver City has been accredited as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation.