2017-08-11 / Health & Wellness

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Hospitals earn praise

Dignity Health’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital recently received American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement” awards.

Both hospitals also earned spots on the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll.

SJRMC received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and is also being recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.

Also a recipient of the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, SJPVH qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Honor-roll recipients 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, which significantly reduces the effects of stroke and lessens the chance of permanent disability if given intravenously in the first four and a half hours after the start of symptoms.

It is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke.

Both hospitals were also recently re-certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission.


Indian cuisine topic of cooking class

Dignity Health’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center will offer a free heart-healthy cooking class and nutrition discussion on Indian cuisine from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 7 in the conference center on the garden level at 1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard.

There will also be a cooking demonstration and tasting with Indian food ingredients.

The class, organized by the Community Health Education Department, Food and Nutrition Services, and physicians, will be presented by the following SJRMC staff: Dr. Manoj Khatore, cardiologist; internal medicine staff Maria Kokkinides, D.O., and Prachi Joshi-Muley, R.N.; and Matthew Schantz, hospital chef.

Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call (805) 988-2865.

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