West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your community resource for better health. We have the capability and expertise to perform emergency open heart procedures, perform brain and spine surgery.

Victims of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States, killing thousands of men, women, and children every year and injuring many more. In this video, you can learn about the experience of one woman who suffered from the effects of distracted driving. On April 27, 2009, Alison Holden was rear-ended by a distracted driver and has suffered the consequences ever since.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Become a part of the solution by putting your phone away while you are on the road and encouraging others to do the same. Become a part of the solution and end this deadly habit today. For more information about staying healthy, contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

Cancer Care at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Medical Scan

At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our goal is to provide the community of West Hills with the highest quality patient care possible. Our cancer care facility helps us to accomplish this goal by offering cancer patients accessible, sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options at a convenient location. Our main cancer care services include:

  • Cancer Physician Team
    Our cancer care physicians come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, from surgical oncology to neurology and urology. This multi-disciplinary team provides each patient with a personalized treatment plan that is created through feedback and input from many different specialties.
  • Colorectal Cancer
    West Hills recommends that patients over the age of 50 or those with other risk factors for colorectal cancer be screened regularly according to their physician’s recommendation. Our cancer care center offers the men and women of our community various screening options for this disease, including colonoscopy and FOBT.
  • Diagnostic Imaging
    State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging is vital not only for the treatment of cancer, but also in its early detection. West Hills offers patients the full range of advanced imaging modalities, including MRI and CT scanning.
  • Lymphedema Management
    Lymphedema is a condition that is caused by the obstruction of the lymph vessels that leads to swelling in the affected area. The specialists leading the Lymphedema Program at West Hills work to help cancer patients better manage their condition through improved education and treatment techniques.
  • Women’s Diagnostic Center
    The Women’s Diagnostic Center at West Hills provides the women of the San Fernando Valley with the full range of imaging technology in one convenient location. The facility provides access to ultrasound, mammography, DEXA scanning, and much more.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has invested millions of dollars into our Cancer Care center to make sure that our patients receive the highest quality of state-of-the-art treatment. If you are in need of an experienced and compassionate cancer specialist or have questions, call our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse toll free referral line at (818) 676-4000.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s social, behavioral, and communicative abilities. As a spectrum disorder, it can affect children in different ways and to varying degrees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 88 children is currently diagnosed with autism, indicating a much higher prevalence than in previous years. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, increased awareness, funding, and support can help families affected today.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Increase your awareness and learn more about this disorder by visiting the Autism Society website or contacting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbariac Chamber

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a treatment in which patients breathe 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. When a person is subjected to 100% oxygen, the hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying molecules) of the red blood cells becomes saturated, delivering higher amounts of oxygen to the tissues and producing many other beneficial physiologic effects that promote the healing process. The physiologic mechanisms that are stimulated by HBOT have shown to be beneficial in the treatment of many different medical conditions, including:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
  • Crush injuries, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias.
  • Severe blood loss anemia
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Thermal burns
  • Problem wounds that are slow to heal on their own
  • Delayed injury from radiation (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections, a rare type of bacterial infection that can destroy the skin, muscles, and other underlying tissues
  • Clostridial myonecrosis, also called gas gangrene
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps

While patients undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, they are constantly monitored. The walls of the chamber are made of Plexiglas, allowing the medical personnel to communicate with and monitor each patient quite easily. This feature also makes it possible for patients to watch television or videos while they undergo treatment. Therapy is typically performed on an outpatient basis and lasts from one to two hours. Inside the chamber, pressure can reach up to three times normal atmospheric pressure.

The hyperbaric technicians at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center are licensed by the state of California as Respiratory Care Practitioners and specialize in hyperbaric medicine. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy or how it may help you, contact the friendly staff of West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000.

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