Where wellness thrives
Five area hospitals offer unique ways to get healthy again
By Carl Kozlowski 01/16/2014
There are plenty of ways to get sick these days, but thankfully there are also plenty of excellent ways to get healthy again if you live in the San Gabriel Valley. So whatever is ailing you, the Pasadena Weekly is proud to spotlight the great services that are available throughout our surrounding area.
For the past 31 years, Huntington Hospital has become renowned for being the only trauma care center in the San Gabriel Valley. For residents who are stabbed, shot, or are victims of car and motorcycle accidents or falls, Huntington’s Level II Trauma Care unit provides around-the-clock services that make the difference between split-second decisions about life and death.
Huntington is also essential to area residents as the one hospital in the SGV with a neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Its Level III NICU provides a full staff of neonatologists along with neonatology nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, dietitians and anesthesiologists, and that fact means that babies needing intensive care have a 38 percent higher survival rate than babies with similar needs at hospitals without an NICU. Most remarkably, all 51 of their neonatal care beds are licensed for intensive care, enabling them to serve far more infants than the 15 that experts require for Level III neonatal units.
Those suffering from mental health issues in the San Gabriel Valley are particularly well-served by Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia. While the overall hospital was started in 1903 in downtown Los Angeles, it eventually reopened in Arcadia in 1957, where it became the first community hospital in California to house a psychiatric unit.
Methodist Hospital also houses one of the first corporate day-care facilities in the United States, and has consistently grown through the additions of new wings and towers up through the September 2011 launch of its North Tower, where 120 medical surgical beds, 20 CCU beds and an expanded 28-bed emergency department are ready to save lives by the dozens.
Head over to Glendale Adventist Medical Center for two other cutting-edge procedures. Its Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center helps people with a wide range of medical needs ranging from wounds that won’t heal and crush injuries to cyanide poisoning or blood vessels blocked by air or gas to be helped by the effects of high-pressure oxygen administration, in which pure oxygen is “force-fed” into the bloodstream.
Glendale Adventist also specializes in MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing or Total Hip Arthroplasty, which enable adults suffering from degenerative joint diseases including osteoarthritis in the hip or knee to experience a rapid return to daily activities with a more natural feeling in the bones and appearance to the affected area. The procedures are reliant upon the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, which uses a digital tracking system that enables surgeons to make real-time adjustments during surgery.
If your heart is ailing, Glendale is also the place to be, for Glendale Memorial Hospital is ranked as one of the top 5 percent in the country for handling heart issues. Whether seeking help with prevention and screenings, or advanced treatment and research, the goal is to help patients remain heart smart through the Glendale area’s only comprehensive cardiovascular program.
Finally, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank is home to another one-of-a-kind facility, as it houses The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, which features a full array of diagnostics, treatment, care and support services for cancer patients and their families As the first cancer facility of its kind in the San Fernando Valley, the center focuses on providing nurturing environments for patients inside and out.
Huntington Memorial Hospital is located at 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 397-5000 or visit huntingtonhospital.com.
Methodist Hospital of Southern California is located at 300 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Call (626) 898-8000 or visit methodisthospital.org.
Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 502-1900 or visit glendalememorialhospital.org.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center is located at 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale. Call (818) 409-8000 or visit glendaleadventist.com.
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is located at 181 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Call (818) 843-5111 or visit https://california.providence.org/Saint-Joseph/Pages.