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Posts made in June, 2011

MPHS Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Services Recognized by ADA for Ninth Year

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently awarded Mills-Peninsula Health Services’ outpatient diabetes and nutrition services with the ADA Education Recognition Certificate, recognizing quality diabetes self-management.

This is the ninth consecutive year that this department has received the honor. MPHS was first recognized in 2002.

The Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

“This certificate is awarded for high-quality education, which is an essential component of effective treatment,” said Cindy Rudolph, RN, coordinator of diabetes and nutrition services at Mills-Peninsula.

Reporter resources:

2011 statistics about U.S. diabetes incidence.

Mills-Peninsula First in Area to Earn Breast MRI Accreditation

The Breast Program at the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center has received a three-year breast MRI program accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR), reports Dorothy Goekler, Mills-Peninsula’s operations manager for imaging.

Mills-Peninsula is currently one of only 13 facilities in California accredited by ACR in breast MRI and the only location on the Peninsula.

ACR accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. Read More

How Technology Boosts Heart Attack Survival Rates

New cardiac care techniques and technology are saving lives now at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.

Heart attack survival rates are improving, thanks to advanced technology and knowledge.

Heart ailments are generally divided into two types – irregular heart rhythms or mechanical blockages. A rapid heart rhythm occurs when electrical impulses cause an abrupt loss of heart function called a cardiac arrest. Cardiologists who deal with these concerns are electrophysiologists.

Blockages, usually caused by a buildup in an artery of fatty deposits called plaque, cut off blood supply to the heart muscle, which leads to a heart attack. Specialists called interventional cardiologists deal with these conditions. Read More

Patient-Centered Care: New Hospital Built to Focus on Patient & Family Experience

High-Tech and Environment Support Healing

Mills-Peninsula Health Services  designed and built the new hospital to be a healing environment, always focused on patients and their families. Several medical advancements enhance the efficiency of this hospital that opened on May 15, 2011.

“We’re not looking at just the clinical side of healing, but also the emotional side,” said Zani Weber, vice president of the patient experience. “It’s a more holistic way of caring for people.”

 

All Private Rooms

The new rooms were purposefully designed to provide a familiar, peaceful environment where people can feel safe, calm and comfortable, which promotes healing, Weber said. All 241 beds are in private rooms, each with natural light from a window that faces outside the hospital or to an inner courtyard garden.

“It’s airy, quiet and restful,” she said. “Patients aren’t sharing a room with a stranger at a time that is already very stressful for them and their family.”

Nursing staff also has the ability to provide highly individualized care in private rooms. Patients can choose when they want showers and meals. Food is selected from a menu, cooked to order and served hot to the bedside on request. Patient-only designated elevators ensure additional privacy.

There are also four healing gardens where sunshine and greenery are accessible without ever leaving the hospital.

No More Visiting Hours

Private rooms make it possible to remove restrictions on visiting.

“Patients can have their family with them whenever they want, regardless of the acuity of their illness, even in the Intensive Care Unit,” Weber said.

 

A family member can also spend the night with their loved one; “family” is defined by the patient, which for some may be a close friend. Each room is equipped with a sleeper bed or chair to accommodate an overnight guest. Every unit also has a family lounge and kitchen which visitors can share.