Honoring Cancer Survivors

We recently honored our cancer survivors and their successes at our Annual Cancer Survivor Day luncheon! Messages of strength, courage and hope echoed throughout the celebration as our guest speaker, Patricia Varga, author of the book Create to Heal, who is also a survivor of endometrial carcinoma, shared the powerful meaning of healing through the creation of art, poems, and meditation.

Each year during the celebration, we present the Flame of Hope award to a community supporter and this year we were able to acknowledge two prominent champions for the cause. We’d like to offer warm congratulations to Anita Aghajanian, president-elect of The Guild at Adventist Health Glendale, and Ann Marie Smith, Cancer Services art facilitator, who have both lovingly and selflessly given their time and support to our patients.

Our survivor luncheon ended with a beautiful rose ceremony, during which each survivor was given a rose. A big thank you to everyone who made this day so special, including Trinity Rose, who sang during the event.

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A Tour Down Memory Lane for Retired Adventist Health Glendale Nurses

Did you know that back in the day, Adventist Health Glendale had a nursing school? Recently, Lucy Madatyan, physician development manager, had the privilege of taking the class of 1963 on a tour down memory lane.

“It was so wonderful for our retired nurses to visit our hospital,” Lucy says. “As you can imagine, after 55 years, nothing was the same. The buildings were different, technology was different, but one thing remained the same — the people. We have such compassionate nurses and everyone was so welcoming and took time to share information with the group.”

A special thank you to Lucy, who spent her afternoon with these amazing ladies, and all the AHGL associates who participated in the tour and helped make our retired nurses’ tour a memorable one!

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Adventist Health System Partners with Stanson Health

Adventist Health System has partnered with Stanson Health, a health technology company supporting medical providers in real time at the point of care. This will enable our clinical decision support (CDS) solutions within the electronic health record (EHR) across the Adventist Health System. This partnership will enable providers to access highly validated, evidence-based recommendations and CDS analysis.

“Stanson’s technology solutions are already live in some of our largest inpatient and ambulatory care settings and we’re now expanding their usage across our entire system,” said Adventist Health System Chief Medical Information Officer Qammer Bokhari, MD. “Medical knowledge and technological capabilities are compounding at a rapid rate. Stanson is on the forefront pairing Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence capabilities with evidence-based guidelines. This will help provide additional support to our care teams by bringing meaningful, real-time clinical decision support to help provide the best care possible.”

The suite of Stanson Health tools that will be deployed across several more areas of inpatient and ambulatory EHRs includes:

Stanson’s Core Content library of proven, well-curated clinical interventions, Stanson’s PAMA-compliant mechanism for imaging decision support, and Stanson’s Iris Analytics, which enables rich CDS insights of Stanson and homegrown content.

“Our providers have responded really well to Stanson’s clinical decision support because it uses patient-specific clinical data from the chart to make recommendations,” said Adventist Health System Chief Medical Information Officer for Ambulatory Solutions Shelly Nash, MD. “It presents to them in their workflow as a helpful, actionable ‘nudge’ and we’ve seen great follow-rates and adherence to these important guidelines. Stanson’s analytics show the individualized clinician response, and leadership has been able to use the data to inform their feedback, which further drives adherence to these health system measures.” Read more in the official press release here.

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Adventist Health’s Heritage of Healing

Adventist Health System has been committed to quality health care since our beginning. In 1866, the first Seventh-day Adventist health care facility opened in Battle Creek, Michigan. There, dedicated pioneers promoted the “radical” concepts of proper nutrition, exercise and sanitation. Early on, the facility was devoted to prevention as well as healing.

More than a century later, Adventist Health System circles the globe with more than 160 hospitals and nearly 500 clinics, nursing homes, and dispensaries worldwide. All while the original vision of treating the whole person- mind, body, and spirit- continues to provide the foundation for our progressive approach to health care.

As health care grew more complex, specialized expertise was needed to lead. In 1972, the regional church leadership, that had governed Adventist Health since inception, authorized centralized control and operations of its health care institutions at the multi-state level.

In 1973, regional divisions were formed based on the church’s infrastructure, we were known in the North Pacific Union as Northwest Medical Foundation and in the Pacific Union as Adventist Health Services. In 1980, the two entities joined as Adventist Health System/West. We are now known simply as Adventist Health. Read more about our history here.

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Welcome, Dr. Ali Cheaito!

We’re excited that Dr. Ali Cheaito is joining our physicians’ team and will start seeing patients in beautiful Simi Valley on June 20th!

Dr. Cheaito is a general surgeon whose specialties include the treatment of colorectal, liver and related functions, and pancreatic conditions with conventional and minimally invasive as well as advanced minimally invasive procedures. He has the expertise and training to handle a range of cases, including complicated ones.

Along with 10 years of experience as a professor of surgery and practicing surgeon at UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Cheaito can speak four languages including Spanish, French, and Arabic.

“We welcome Dr. Cheaito to our Adventist Health Simi Valley family of physicians,” said Jennifer Swenson, president of Adventist Health Simi Valley. “He’s a well-trained and highly skilled surgeon who puts his patients first, and that’s just the type of surgical care our community needs.”

As for Dr. Cheaito, he came to Adventist Health Simi Valley because he knew he could make a real impact on the community.

“My first goal is to establish a relationship so my patients feel confident in putting their care in my hands. Second, I emphasize continuity of care. I don’t just operate and leave; I follow-up with patients as they recover,” said Cheaito. “I also want them to know they can trust me with their lives; I will take care of them and their loved ones as if they are my own family.” Read More at the Simi Valley Acorn.

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Join AH Simi Valley as the Philanthropy of the Foundation President

More than fifty years ago, a country doctor and a group of forward-thinking residents had a vision for their small towns of Simi and Santa Susana: They would create a special place of healing in the picturesque valley they called home. Now, you can help support that vision in the beautiful Simi Valley as President, Philanthropy.

We are looking for a very special individual to serve as principal major gifts officer and chief operating officer of the Foundation. The President works closely with the leadership and foundation staff, the Ministry, CEO, and volunteer leadership in generating major philanthropic support. An effective President will build a culture of philanthropy through strong annual giving and major gifts programs. We prefer that candidates have ten years of fundraising experience and five years of leadership experience. Apply today for this exciting opportunity in beautiful Simi Valley.

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Exciting Leadership Opportunities at Adventist Health Glendale!

Don’t miss exciting career opportunities at Adventist Health Glendale, an exceptional hospital in an award-winning health system! Here’s what we’re looking for:

Director of Clinical Information Systems:

You’ll oversee the implementation of clinical information systems (CIS) that improves clinical practices through technology-enabled acquisition, aggregation and communication of patient information. The Director actively participates in the entire CIS process and supervise and direct the activities of various levels of assigned personnel. Interested? Learn more here.

Director of Patient Experience/Customer Service:

In this position, you’ll develop and coordinate a customer complaints program that focuses on effectively managing complaints, service recovery, and improving patient experience. You’ll work closely with staff and families alike and create a culture of service excellence. You’ll need at least seven years customer relationship experience. Learn more here.

We’re also offering full-time and per diem staff nursing positions. See if your focus is hiring here.

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This year’s Nurses Week at Adventist Health Glendale was filled with ice cream socials, a barbeque, and a massage day! The week’s activities culminated in an awards luncheon for hospital nurses.

Nurses in each hospital unit were honored with a Nurse of The Year Award. Filor Izanian was presented the overall Nurse of the Year Award and Patricia Hepburn was presented the Professional Practice Model Nurse Award! Other honors were presented at the ceremony including the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the immune System) and BEE (Be Exceptional Everyday) honors.

Congrats to all of our honorees and every member of our dedicated nursing staff. Read more about the luncheon and a list of this year’s winners.

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On July 2nd, Alice Issai will take the helm as the new President of Adventist Health Glendale. She will be reporting to Andrew Jahn, President of the Adventist Health Southern California Region.

Alice is returning to where she started her professional career nearly four decades ago as a financial analyst. In the time since, she has become a distinguished healthcare leader in the region. She served as Chief Operating Officer for Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital where she developed high-performing teams and emphasized a culture of accountability.

With Alice’s depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise, we’re confident that, working together, we will continue to improve the health of the Glendale Community. As a member of that community herself, Alice will bring a personal, familial connection to her new position. Welcome Alice! Read the article featuring Alice in the Outlook Newspapers!

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Adventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance ExcellenceAdventist Health is Awarded the California Award for Performance Excellence

Adventist Health White Memorial is proud to be one of four recipients of the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Eureka Award for Performance Excellence by the California Council of Excellence (CCE). The honorees are recognized based on the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence for their outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, continuous improvement, and visionary leadership.

The Eureka applicants were evaluated by teams comprised of the 2017 CAPE Board of Examiners. The rigorous evaluation process takes more than three months, including a weeklong site visit, and covers the applicant’s’ performance in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Framework: leadership; strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The Eureka application evaluation is overseen by the CAPE Board of Judges to ensure the integrity of the process and to recommend recognition levels to CCE’s Board of Directors for ratification.

The CAPE Eureka Award process is modeled after that of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessments, training, tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations; shares the best practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.

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