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    A Look at the Awards and Accreditations of Los Robles Hospital

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Los Robles Hospital has built a reputation for excellence for which we continue to strive. In particular, we are proud of the recognition that our heart hospital has received over the years for our dedication to providing unparalleled heart attack treatment services. Our hospital was the first Ventura County facility to receive the designation of being a nationally accredited chest pain center. Our high level of cardiovascular care has resulted in the distinction of being a top heart center as determined by the National Research Corporation. Our heart hospital has received several other cardiovascular care honors as well. No matter the type of treatment that our Thousand Oaks patients receive, we aim to ensure their ultimate safety throughout their hospital experience. As a result, we were also given a Leapfrog “A” grade for patient safety.

    Would you like to learn more about how Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center stands apart from other healthcare facilities? Call (877) 888-5746 to speak with a representative about our awards and accreditations. Our website also lists in greater detail the distinctions and services of our Thousand Oaks hospital.

    Understanding What Happens During Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Your brain is the control center of your body. It regulates a vast assortment of functions that allow you to experience the world as you do. Among its many operations, the brain enables sight, speech, and memory formation. Therefore, as the following information demonstrates, a brain injury could prove critically disabling to someone who suffers from it. The Emergency Medicine and Level II Trauma Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers swift and capable clinical care for individuals who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

    Cellular Damage

    Multiple events can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Stroke, the primary cause of disability in the United States, can cause widespread brain damage as the result of blood deprivation. When brain cells do not have continual access to oxygenated blood, they begin to die. Stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or an artery leading to it suffers a blockage, denies brain cells the oxygen and nutrients they need to live. Brain injuries can happen as well when blunt force makes contact with the skull and causes swelling or bruising of brain tissues.

    Loss of Neuron Communication

    The cells that make up the brain are called neurons. These types of cells carry signals within the brain that trigger the maintenance and performance of other systems. For instance, the neurons at the back of the brain help to translate retinal messages that facilitate vision. When brain cells die due to a traumatic injury, neurons can no longer send messages throughout the brain. Consequently, the ability to carry out certain bodily functions may be lost.

    Lobe Function Impairment

    Different areas of the brain are responsible for distinct functions. Where a traumatic brain injury occurs then can determine what disability results from it. If a person suffers brain injury to his temporal lobe, he may have trouble creating new memories. Should an individual experience trauma to the frontal lobe, he may no longer be able to speak.

    Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? If a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help. Call (877) 888-5746 or visit our website for information on the trauma services that we offer to individuals who reside in Thousand Oaks and the surrounding communities.

    Can Certain Foods Prevent Cancer?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A healthy diet centered on the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables can aid health in a number of ways, including keeping weight under control and reducing type 2 diabetes risks. Did you know that many fruits and vegetables offer cancer-fighting benefits? Though wholesome eating habits make up just one component of cancer prevention, they can make a difference to your health. Health experts typically encourage the consumption of all fresh produce, but studies indicate that foods such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries can be particularly powerful in the fight against cancer. Each of these items contains high concentrations of antioxidants, which can reduce the chances the cellular free radical damage that can cause cancer.

    You can help prevent cancer, and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help treat it. To schedule a consultation with one of the cancer care experts at our Thousand Oaks-based Cancer Center, call (877) 888-5746. You can also visit our website to read about the cancer treatment services that we provide.

    Thousand Oaks Tea Raises Money for CLU Scholarships

    Last updated 5 months ago

    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR Ginger Detterman (left) pours hot water for Barbara Warkentien at the “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April” table at Hats and High Tea on Sunday in Thousand Oaks.


    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR “Tea in Tuscany” was a theme of one of the 21 decorated tables at the California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association Hats and High Tea scholarship and educational grant fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks

    Guests dining on tea, finger sandwiches and cake as a harpist performed at California Lutheran University raised money to provide student scholarships.

    Hats and High Tea, hosted by the Community Leaders Association, took place Sunday afternoon overlooking Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus.

    The association was founded in 1963 to stimulate community interest in the private university’s programs, and the money it raises goes toward scholarships and educational grants.

    More than a dozen tables, each with a different theme, were laid out with plates, cups and saucers, silverware and a centerpiece. Guests also decorated hats to fit the theme of the table.

    Deborah Sweeney, owner and CEO of MyCorporation and a CLU regent, was the event leader.

    “This is the first year we’ve done it on this campus, and I think it’s neat that a lot of people are seeing the campus for the first time with the thought of giving back to the students,” she said.

    The annual event typically raises $12,000 to $15,000, and Sweeney said she hopes to exceed that range this year.

    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR A centerpiece sits on the “Gypsies Tea Room” table at the Hats and High Tea fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks.

    A business or organization sponsors each table, picks a theme and builds the table around that theme. Themes Sunday included “Peacock Paradise,” “Where the Buffalo Roam,” “Hunger Games,” “Gypsies Tea Room” and “Tiki Tea Table.”

    Joanne Pinner and fellow residents of the University Village senior-living community sat at the table for “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April.”

    “University Village always buys a table each year to support them, and we have a lot of people at University Village who go over to Cal Lu and help with the students, and they come over and support us at different events,” Pinner said.

    Susie Lundeen-Smuck, vice chairwoman of the CLU Board of Regents, had a place at the “Gone With the Wind” table, which had life-size cardboard cutouts of Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

    She said she raided her children’s dress-up box to find a hat which she then decorated with a ribbon and flowers.

    “I am overwhelmed with the creativity. It’s so fun to look around,” the first-time guest said.

    Brooke Yasman, 17, came as a mermaid in a sequined costume studded with seashells she had made. She decorated her “Under the Sea” tea table with starfish-shaped plates and large glass tubes with fish.

    “I did bring real fish. I think it really brings the whole ‘Under the Sea’ theme together. We actually bought them so I guess I have a couple of new pets,” she said.

    Ann Hohimer helped decorate the “Victorian Lace and Roses” table for CLU alumni and the “Birds of a Feather Have Tea Together” table for Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

    “It was really fun to do it, and it’s such a fun event — just the camaraderie of everybody being together and seeing all the tables,” she said.

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    Do You Know How to Read Nutrition Facts?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Nutrition labels offer a wealth of information on the contents of the food you eat. This video explains how to understand what nutrition labels are telling you.

    The top of a nutrition label provides the serving size, an essential piece of information. This number impacts all other data on the nutrition label, including calorie count. Below the serving size and calorie count, you can find the numbers for fat, cholesterol, and sugar content, which healthcare experts recommend eating in minimal quantities. Also look for the vitamin and mineral percentages listed at the bottom of the nutrition label.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help you foster healthy eating habits for your entire family. To sign up for our Health to You program, call our Thousand Oaks hospital today at (877) 888-5746. 

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