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Huntington Hospital Opens the Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center

State-of-the-art facility brings comprehensive and innovative cardiac care to the San Gabriel Valley and beyond

Huntington Hospital has opened the Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center, the most comprehensive and innovative facility for cardiac care in the San Gabriel Valley. From research and diagnosis to treatment and recovery, the center’s wide range of cardiovascular services – along with the latest medical technologies – are all brought together under one roof.

The Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center provides the potential to revolutionize the way we treat patients by integrating traditional cardiac surgery with endovascular surgery techniques and technology, further bridging the best of today with the latest advances of the future,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “The opening of this facility is a momentous accomplishment made possible by hard work, careful preparation, and a shared commitment to providing our patients leading-edge heart care. I’m incredibly proud of our project team, drawn from all areas of the hospital, and thankful for the generous support of community philanthropists who made this dynamic new cardiac care facility possible.”

World-class cardiac care, close to home

Offering a full spectrum of cardiology services – including screening and diagnostic tests, advanced medical and surgical treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation and education programs – the Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center elevates heart care further with:

  • Increased capacity
  • Two catheterization suites
  • An innovative catheterization and surgical hybrid suite
  • A high-tech electrophysiology suite
  • Six diagnostic suites
  • Eight private patient rooms
  • Latest medical technologies and treatments
  • Minimally invasive surgical options
  • Expert cardiac care team

Located directly above our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center, the new Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center reduce time to treatment for cardiac patients and allows the hospital to increase the number of patients treated by 30 percent.

Find a cardiologist or cardiac surgeon at Huntington Hospital for your cardiac needs.

About Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital, is an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Health System, is a Magnet-designated 619-bed nonprofit hospital in Pasadena, California. We offer the full spectrum of care for every need: Whether at our hospital, urgent care, ambulatory surgery center, cancer center, or doctor’s office, we’re here to care for the physical, mental and social well-being of every person. Our level II trauma center and emergency department, the largest in the San Gabriel Valley, cares for over 70,000 people every year. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Congratulations to April DAISY Award winner, Haley Keavy, FBC

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington Hospital’s April DAISY Award winner Haley Keavy, FBC, was nominated by a colleague who wrote the following:

Haley recently cared for a young patient who received tragic news at the beginning of her shift. She handled this patients care with elegance, compassion, and dignity. Haley graciously went above and beyond to make sure the patient and partners feelings, concerns, and beliefs were addressed and respected. Haley prayed with her patient. She placed together a special memory box for her patient that contained unique mementos and a beautiful, signed card. The patient stated that Haley was truly a godsend and emphasized she could not have done this without the love, support, encouragement, and empowerment Haley gave. She exceeded beyond the call of her nursing duty. I have known Haley since she started as a new graduate and have witnessed her blossom into a compassionate, enthusiastic, and extraordinary nurse.

Congratulations, Haley, for your well-deserved DAISY Award! For more information about the DAISY Award, please visit  https://www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform.

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Congratulations to March DAISY award winner, Hui Juan Qin (Lily), RN

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington Hospital’s March DAISY Award winner, Hui Juan Qin (Lily), RN, was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:

Unexpected complications occurred from a procedure, when Lily introduced herself and it was clear that someone special would be helping me. She was the tonic necessary to get me on the road to recovery. Here is what she possesses: excellent spirit, exudes energy, team player and gets along with her team. There are no short cuts, requests made were always met with a smile and delivered gingerly. She is thorough and remembers meds, stays on schedule & follows up with the pharmacy & physicians. While this isn’t a sizzling depiction of a nurse, what you do have is a hero that delivers without fanfare and does so cheerfully with speed and good expertise and accuracy. Huntington is fortunate to have her, she is compassionate and give from her kind heart, no task is too big.

Congratulations, Lily, for your well-deserved DAISY Award! For more information about the award, please visit https://www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform.

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Congratulations to February DAISY Award winner, Ching-Chun (Jessy) Lin, RN

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day, our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington Hospital’s February DAISY Award winner Ching-Chun (Jessy) Lin, RN, was nominated by an employee who wrote the following:

Jessy’s passion for nursing shines through. One particular instance that stands out to me was when I had a gut feeling that my patient was going to crash. I knew something was wrong but was not sure what. Jessy took one look at the patient and the chart and immediately told me what orders needed to be obtained and the reason behind it. After the orders were received, Jessy stayed in the room for over an hour helping me stabilize the patient, administer meds, start a new IV and eventually transfer the patient to a higher level of care. I am forever grateful for Jessy’s presence that night and every other night.

It is evident that after all these years as a nurse, Jessy’s passion for nursing has not faded. She always has an upbeat attitude towards patients and staff members and brings life to our night shift. She treats every patient as if they are her family. Whenever a nurse needs help, she doesn’t ask what needs to be done; she jumps right in and starts helping. Nurses like Jessy embody what it means to be a passionate and caring nurse.

Congratulations, Jessy, for your well-deserved DAISY Award! For more information about the award, please visit https://www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform.

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Huntington Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition Again

Recognition for the third time reinforces a commitment to nursing excellence

Huntington Hospital attained Magnet recognition again, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is a great achievement for Huntington Hospital, as it continues to proudly belong to the global Magnet community – a small, select group of domestic health care organizations and hospitals in the U.S.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our repeated achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition.

“We’re a better organization today because of the Magnet recognition we first achieved eight years ago,” said Gloria Sanchez-Rico, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Officer and Senior Vice President, Huntington Hospital. “Magnet recognition raises the bar for patient care and inspires every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet-recognized organization, and it’s why we continue to pursue and maintain Magnet recognition.”

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice.

The Magnet Recognition Program serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursingworld.org/magnet.

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Huntington Ambulatory Care Center Receives High Ranking on Newsweek’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2021 List

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center has been recognized on Newsweek’s inaugural list of Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2021. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“We are honored to be named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers for 2021,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our team of skilled physicians, nurses and staff at Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center deliver safe, excellent care to our surgery patients every day. This designation demonstrates our commitment to not only providing the highest quality care to our patients, but doing so in a safe, state-of-the-art facility where patients can recover quickly and return to the activities they enjoy.”

The Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2021 highlights the nation’s top ambulatory surgery centers based on quality of care, performance data and peer recommendations, relative to in-state competition. Centers in the 25 states with the highest number of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), were included in the study. States included: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

To see the entire awards list, please visit https://www.newsweek.com/americas-best-ambulatory-surgery-centers-2021.

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center is one of the most complete outpatient surgery centers in the San Gabriel Valley. Our physicians and our highly competent staff are dedicated to providing the best possible surgical outcomes. The staff of over 200 experienced surgeons treat a wide range of health issues including: general surgery, orthopedic, plastic & reconstructive, gynecologic, otolaryngologic (ENT), podiatry, opthalmology & pediatric opthalmology, pain management, oral surgery, breast, oncology, pathology, radiology, urology and neurosurgery.

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center is designed to accommodate the special needs of the pediatric patient. The Center has a highly qualified nursing staff, and the anesthesia team has extensive training and experience with children.

To learn more, please visit: www. https://www.huntingtonhospital.org/huntington-ambulatory-surgery-center/surgical-services/

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Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, joins Huntington Hospital as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pamela WeatherspoonHuntington Hospital today announced that Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, is joining the hospital’s executive management team as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new role within the organization. She will begin December 21, 2020.

Weatherspoon has been charged with advancing Huntington’s family of services with a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. She will partner with leaders across the organization to develop and promote a cross functional/departmental strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that advances patient experience and education, overall quality of care and workforce culture, engagement and representation goals. Additionally, Weatherspoon will strengthen marketplace opportunities, develop the organization’s thought leadership platform and build relationships with both internal and external partners, including community members, to provide effective leadership in the coordination of all diversity-related programs and initiatives. Overall, she will build, equip and sustain a representative workforce that delivers equitable healthcare and promotes a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

“Huntington is committed to standing and working together for a more just, healthy future for all. It gives me great pride to welcome Pamela to our organization as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Her first charge will be to guide the work we already have underway related to our ongoing community benefit, Healthcare Equity Index, and LGBTQIA efforts that will promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity within our organization and address healthcare disparities within our community. Her extensive experience in this area will be fundamental in further creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for our employees and the entire community.”

Weatherspoon joins Huntington Hospital from Jersey City Medical Center – RWJ Barnabas Health where she held the position of Director, Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she directed all diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, created strategic workforce diversity strategies, training, policies, processes, and community investments/outreach for 2,800 employees. She also created multiple training curricula to meet the needs of the hospital and health care system; consequently training 2,570 employees in 2019.

Prior to her role at Jersey City Medical Center, she served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at Legacy Health in Portland Oregon, where she directed all of the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, managed workforce diversity strategies and delivery of culturally-responsive patient care efforts for the entire system of almost 14,000 employees. She also coordinated meaningful investments and partnerships to positively impact the community. Weatherspoon managed Legacy Health’s six employee resources groups to increase employee engagement and drove Legacy’s diversity action plan strategies. She created and advocated for multiple policies to increase workforce diversity and inclusion, decrease health disparities, and assure equitable community investments.

Weatherspoon earned her Master of Business Administration from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Portland State University.

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Huntington Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention by Healthgrades

Huntington Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and coronary intervention according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every 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 outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiology for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”

Huntington Hospital is currently expanding its care capabilities with its new Huntington Heart and Vascular Center, creating state-of-the-art facilities to provide cutting edge, compassionate care to our cardiology patients. The new facility is set to open late 2020.

“I’m so proud our hospital has been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention, now for the second year in a row,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “These designations are a testament to the world-class care our entire cardiovascular services team offers our patients.”

“While the pandemic continues, our number one priority is caring for our community,” shares Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, medical director, cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital. “Our cardiovascular team works hard every day to provide excellent and safe care to our patients. Heart disease impacts so many of our friends and family members. I encourage you to make your physical and mental well-being your first-priority during this challenging time – please see your doctor and don’t delay the vital care you need.”

Huntington Hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2021
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

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Business Life Magazine recognizes Kimberly Shriner, MD, infectious disease specialist as a Healthcare Hero

Congratulations to Huntington Hospital’s infectious disease specialist, Kimberly Shriner, MD, for being named a Healthcare Hero in the most recent issue of Business Life Magazine! Dr. Shriner has been recognized for her invaluable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. From weekly interviews on KPCC’s AirTalk to community forums, she has offered sound, science-based advice and information during this uncertain time.

In the article, she shares: “I’m honored to be included in the list of exceptional healthcare providers, especially during this challenging time as we battle COVID-19. I’m also incredibly proud of the tireless work of the physicians, nurses and employees I work alongside at Huntington Hospital. In these unimaginable times, I’m grateful to be surrounded by these extraordinary people. Together, we are here for our community and ready to care for anyone who needs our help.”

Thank you, Dr. Shriner for being our voice in the community as we continue to battle COVID-19. To read the complete article, visit: https://www.businesslife.com/articles.php?id=3362

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Huntington Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Huntington Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

Huntington Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Huntington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other 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 health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“Huntington Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Arbi Ohanian, MD, medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Program. “Our dedicated team delivers advanced stroke treatments quickly and safely to our patients – even through these incredibly challenging times.”

Huntington Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, 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, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Huntington Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Huntington Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment to 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/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.