By: Angela Amirkhanian
corner with hopes of increasing awareness of the disease. While many people are aware of breast cancer, most forget to take action, take the right steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Local hospitals were asked about what women’s health programs and tools they offer for awareness & prevention. Below is more information about their services.
Dignity Health Northridge Hospital
The Carole Pump Women's Center at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital offers women advanced diagnostic services and treatments at every stage of life. Female physicians and specialists treat women in a private, comfortable, home-like setting.
Women's services include breast health, osteoporosis screenings, high-risk pregnancy care and wellness education. The Center also features digital mammography that allows for shorter exam times and faster results.
Personalized care is provided in the supportive, healing environment under the direction of a female, board-certified, fellowship-trained Women's Imaging Radiologist supported by highly trained clinical technologists.
The Carole Pump Women's Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for breast ultrasound and breast intervention and by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). The Center also holds both State of California and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certificates for meeting the highest professional standards of safety and quality.
For more information on the Carole Pump Women's Center, please call 818-700-5678.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC-VHH) offers a variety of health services specifically designed for women.
With a focus on patient safety and quality care, USC-VHH’s Beginnings Family Birth Center gives new mothers and babies a great delivery environment. Their board-certified obstetricians and experienced labor and delivery and post-partum nurses bring many years of clinical excellence to the hospital.
Their family education program offers educational and support classes to new mothers dealing with all aspects of childbirth, from conception to parenting. Classes offered include: childbirth preparation and Lamaze; infant care and CPR; breast-feeding support; parenting series; new mothers’ forum; and much more.
USC-VHH believes that every woman should take charge of her health by having a yearly mammogram. That is why they offer the latest, state-of-the-art digital mammography system for accurate imaging and diagnosis. USC-VHH also offers gynecological surgical procedures.
To learn more about services and physicians at USC-VHH, visit www.USCVHH.org.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) provides health care services for women in all stages of life, from maternity care to senior health. Women's services include state-of-the-art obstetrical services, high-risk care and deliveries, ultrasound, gynecological services, contraceptive hormonal therapy, cancer screening and treatment, mammograms, bone density scans, and other screenings to keep women healthy. GAMC's physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and others work together to ensure that the care given meets each patient's particular needs.
Genetic counseling, free pregnancy tests and other services for women are also available. GAMC's Breast Center is a technologically advanced facility, providing mammography, stereotactic biopsy, breast MRI/ultrasound, and breast reconstruction.
Doctors at GAMC provide cutting edge procedures for common ailments related to the female reproductive system, including hysterectomy, fibroids and other conditions. For those needing a hysterectomy, GAMC offers da Vinci(r) hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. This enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision, providing numerous benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy. It can mean less pain, less bleeding, fewer complications, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and faster return to daily activities.
GAMC provides a variety of resources and programs (free or for a nominal fee) to help women understand and manage their health. Support groups, classes, publications, and screenings are also available.
Visit www.GlendaleAdventist.com for more information.
As life becomes busier, women are relying more than ever before on doing daily tasks online like paying bills and taking care of their health needs. Visiting kp.org allows patients to review test results, book appointments, and now taking control of their own health by using Kaiser Permanente’s Personal Action Plan.
Using the electronic medical record, the Personal Action Plan creates a personalized view of how patients are doing in regards to key health topics, like cancer screenings, weight management, and blood pressure. It simplifies and lets patients know what they need to take care of and how to do it quickly and conveniently.
For women who are starting their journey of pregnancy, the Personal Action Plan offers a customized view of what to expect, keeps track of vitals such as necessary labs, weight gain during pregnancy, and other important information so they can stay in control throughout this life-changing experience.
For those who have children up to the age of 12, the Personal Action Plan allows them to view how their child is growing through their growth charts, identifies important immunizations that are needed, and a host of other useful health information.
Patients can access their Personal Action Plan by visiting kp.org/actionplan
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Huntington Memorial Hospital has been committed to addressing the special health concerns of women since its founding. From the best in obstetric and gynecological care, to advanced treatment of infertility and cancer, Huntington Hospital's comprehensive programs and services ensure that San Gabriel Valley women receive the best of care, close to home.
For women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, the Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Program brings together a specialized team of highly trained breast cancer experts who integrate multiple disciplines in a compassionate, comprehensive approach. The hospital’s leading-edge treatments lead to survival outcomes on par with results from university medical centers and research institutes.
The dedicated clinical support team and board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and breast radiologists at Huntington Hospital are fiercely devoted to fighting breast cancer. “It is important to remember breast cancer is very treatable,” said Ruth Williamson, MD, medical director of breast cancer services at Huntington Hospital. “The goal of treatment is a cure as well as quality of life.”
The Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Center offers a host of unique supportive services, including a breast cancer support group, nutrition and exercise classes, acupuncture, massage therapy, and self-guided meditation as well as a therapeutic yoga class. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are currently under therapy, or have completed treatment, Huntington Hospital’s programs provide an opportunity to connect with other women who share your journey.
For more information, visit www.HuntingtonForHer.com or call 626-397-2524.