VAN NUYS, Calif. — Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce the award of a significant
grant from The Ahmanson Foundation to fund the purchase of 21 cardiac
monitors for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The new monitors will enhance the ICU team's efforts to improve patient
health outcomes by increasing performance reliability and providing staff
with a deeper insight into the patient's status.
"We are deeply grateful to The Ahmanson Foundation for this generous
grant," said Pegi Matsuda, Senior Vice President of Community and
Market Development at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. "The Ahmanson
Foundation's support enables us to continue our longstanding commitment
to provide excellent care and service to our patients. Specifically, the
grant will provide our ICU team with the technology and resources necessary
to help with the observation and care of critically ill patients."
The new cardiac monitors will offer expanded capabilities to overcome the
limits of the hospital's current ICU monitors. The upgraded equipment
will have the ability to interact wirelessly with other medical/communications
devices, increasing the nursing team's work flow and accuracy. The
monitors' ability to continuously record patient data will eliminate
the need for nurses to record data manually, giving them additional time
to focus on patients. Physicians also will have access to view patient
The interdisciplinary ICU team treats approximately 900 critically ill
or injured patients annually in the 20-bed unit. In addition, Valley Presbyterian
Hospital is a designated STEMI receiving center and a certified stroke
receiving center. These monitors will be especially important to post-operative
open heart surgery patients, as well as ICU patients at risk of heart
attack or cardiac arrest, as the monitors will have the ability to detect
heart arrhythmias and changes in heart electrical patterns associated
with a heart attack/myocardial infarction.
"Valley Presbyterian Hospital has been working to improve the quality
of health care in the San Fernando Valley since 1958," said Mindy
Jones, Senior Program Officer for The Ahmanson Foundation. "The Ahmanson
Foundation is proud to invest in a hospital that is so deeply dedicated
to its community."
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.