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VPH Awarded Ahmanson Foundation Grant

Posted on 3/4/2014

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 data remotely.

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."


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.