Hospital Round-Up

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Hospital Round-Up

Exciting news from Southern California hospitals

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Several local hospitals are expanding, offering new services and improving care. Let’s check in and see what they’re doing.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) announced the appointment of Louise White, BSN, MHA, as vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer. White began her career in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has served locally as chief nursing officer at Eisenhower Medical Center in the Coachella Valley and vice president of Memorial Health Services in Long Beach. The pediatric ICU at CHOC has also received, for the third time, the 2012-15 Gold Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The award recognizes exceptional care of patients and their families.

photo (right): Children’s Hospital of Orange County: Louise White, BSN, MHA, chief nursing officer and resident Scot.

Ventura County Medical Center opened the area’s first pediatric intensive care unit. The six-bed Samuelson Pediatric Intensive Care Unit will help critically ill patients remain in the community rather than having to be transported to either Santa Barbara or Los Angeles.


Loma Linda, as seen in Working NurseSAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
Loma Linda University Medical Center has been selected to participate in a landmark national study, “Small Troubles Adaptive Responses: Frontline Nurse Engagement in Quality Improvement.” Led by Ellen D’Errico, RN, Ph.D., the local team of nurses has been investigating the operational problems that frontline nurses encounter on a daily basis, such as missing supplies, failed communications and malfunctioning equipment. The study is part of the  Improvement Science Research Network effort to improve patient safety and quality of care across the country.

photo (right): Loma Linda University Medical Center: Ellen D’Errico, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC (left) and Patti Radovich, site coordinator.


White Memorial Medical Center has announced that it will make a $50,000 grant to sponsor “Go Red Por Tu Corazón,” helping to further the mission of the American Heart Association to empower Latinas to make heart-healthy choices for themselves and their families. The grant will be used to sponsor multiple events over 2012 and will foster awareness and prevention of the number-one killer of women. 

photo (above): White Memorial Medical Center shows the love as employees form the shape of a heart, or should we say — corazón?   

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