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    Planning for Success During Cardiac Rehabilitation

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and millions undergo life-saving heart surgery every year. Unfortunately, heart surgery does not guarantee that a patient will be spared from heart disease in the future. If you undergo heart surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, it’s important that you alter your lifestyle habits so you can maximize the benefits of your surgery and live a long, healthy life.  

    Following Your Doctor’s Instructions
    Throughout the inpatient, outpatient, and maintenance phases of your cardiac rehabilitation, it’s important that you show up to all your follow-up appointments and adhere to your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. If your doctor says rest, rest; if they say stay away from sugary treats, eat fruits and vegetables instead. There may be times when your doctor’s instructions are unclear—in these instances, don’t hesitate to ask clarifying questions. 

    Taking Your Time
    A heart attack is a major life event that can prevent you from engaging in your favorite activities for a long time. Though you may grow impatient with the recovery process, it’s essential that you give your body the time it needs to heal. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few weeks of a heart attack, while those who undergo heart surgery may require several months.

    Maintaining a Healthy Heart
    In a way, cardiac rehabilitation is never complete. Whether you have a heart attack or undergo heart surgery, you must alter your habits to make sure your heart problems don’t recur. The maintenance phase of cardiac rehabilitation involves periodic medical appointments, during which your doctor evaluates your dietary practices and exercise regimen.

    Cardiac rehabilitation can be tough, but it’s a lot better than living with severe heart troubles. If you have any questions for the board-certified cardiologist at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, call (877) 888-5746.

    Know How to Spot Unhealthy Diets

    Last updated 2 months ago

    It seems that everywhere you look there is an advertisement for a miracle weight loss treatment. These treatments almost never work and many can be dangerous. 

    This video from the Food and Drug Administration can help you identify and avoid fraudulent weight loss treatments. Exaggerated claims that sound too good to be true usually aren’t true—and many weight loss “supplements” contain drugs that cause cancer, stroke, heart attack, or other serious ailments. When looking for a safe and effective means of weight loss, it’s important to speak with a medical professional.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide professional assistance as you embark on your journey to lose weight. Call (877) 888-5746 to make an appointment, or visit our hospital if you require emergency care.  

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center Names Natalie Mussi as New President and Chief Executive Officer

    Last updated 3 months ago

    THOUSAND OAKS, CA (Jan. 21, 2014) – Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Mussi to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. In this position Mussi will oversee all operations for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, including the three campus locations: the main hospital; Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital; and the East Campus, all dedicated to serving residents of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and the Greater Conejo Valley and its surrounding communities.  

    Prior to being named President and CEO, Mussi served as the Chief Operating Officer of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center since October 2008 and has served as the Interim CEO for Los Robles for the past month. As COO, Mussi has led Los Robles through its Level II Trauma Center verification, acquisition of Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and oversight of the hospital’s construction and expansion projects.

    Mussi previously served as COO for Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO, where she oversaw the development of a new 221-bed facility and hospital merger. As part of HCA’s Chief Operating Officer Development Program, Mussi started with HCA at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA, where she worked in tandem with Bryan R. Rogers as her CEO-mentor to assume responsibility and authority over multiple hospital departments. She continued her development at the HCA Midwest Division in Kansas City, MO, where she was an instrumental part of the acquisition team for Health Midwest.

    “Natalie’s dedication and expertise have continued to elevate her professional growth within HCA,” said Bryan R. Rogers, FACHE, President of HCA Far West Division. “Having witnessed her continued knowledge and leadership, I know she will be successful in her new role at Los Robles Hospital.”

    Mussi holds a Master of Health Administration degree, a Graduate Certificate in Management of Ambulatory Care Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science all from the University of Southern California. She is a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark and serves on the Southwest Region Trauma Executive Committee.

    “We will miss Greg Angle. He was the right person at the right time for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center,” stated Rick Lemmo, SVP of Caruso Affiliated and Board Chairman of the hospital. “Natalie has acted as interim CEO twice now and I am very pleased that she is receiving this appointment. It is the right time for her. She is our first female CEO and it is very well deserved.  The board is engaged and ready to continue to work with Natalie as we keep elevating healthcare for area residents.  

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed running the operations of our facilities for the past five-years. I am ready to step into the role as President and CEO and to continue to work with the talented staff and physicians at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center,” said Natalie Mussi, CEO, Los Robles Hospital. “As a regional destination for care, we will continue to expand and offer new services to our growing community and surrounding areas.”

    Natalie lives in the area with her husband and two daughters.

    Mussi replaces Greg Angle who was promoted to President of HCA’s Mountain Division based in Salt Lake City, UT. A search for Chief Operating Officer at Los Robles is currently underway.  

    Types of Bariatric Surgery You Might Consider for Your Weight Loss Goals

    Last updated 3 months ago

    To lose weight, most doctors recommend that patients opt for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately, these solutions don’t work for everyone all the time. If you’re looking to lose weight but have been unsuccessful after months of hard work, you might consider bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. Keep reading to learn about the types of bariatric surgery offered at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. 

    Gastric Bypass
    The first procedure to consider is gastric bypass surgery, which has been successfully performed for years and is the most studied weight loss procedure. Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, involves rerouting a section of the small intestines and the creation of a small gastric pouch. After the surgery, the patient will feel full sooner during meals and his body will absorb fewer calories. 

    Sleeve Gastrectomy
    During a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon removes a significant portion of the stomach—specifically the portion that encourages the patient to continue eating after he/she is full. Like patients who undergo gastric bypass, those who opt for a sleeve gastrectomy achieve fullness after eating much smaller portions of food. The long-term effects of sleeve gastrectomy are unclear, but the procedure has so far had very promising results.

    Adjustable Band
    Another option is a laparoscopic adjustable band, which involves the placement of a silicone balloon around the upper stomach. The idea is to reduce the amount of food the patient needs to feel full. Lap Band and Realize adjustable bands are popular weight loss options because the bands can be adjusted as patients’ needs change. Adjustable band procedures are also completely reversible.

    To learn more about the above weight loss procedures, schedule an appointment at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (877) 888-5746 to discuss your options. If you or a loved one experiences heart trouble or another kind of emergency, don’t hesitate to visit our  emergency room.

    Heart Health by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Heart health is something that everyone must take seriously. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. for both men and women. In fact, according to The Heart Foundation, someone dies of heart disease every 33 seconds. Protecting your heart heath is easier than you might think. It all comes down to the numbers. Keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and blood glucose in healthy ranges can keep you out of the emergency room. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks breaks down the numbers of a healthy heart in this infographic. Please share it with your friends and family so they too can take control of their health. Remember, if you experience any signs of a cardiac issue, call 911 and go to the emergency room right away for urgent medical care. 

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