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Joint Commission Names St. John’s Among Top Performers In Nation St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica was one of two hospitals named Wednesday by The Joint Commission as a top performer in the nation on key quality measures. As the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, The Joint Commission recognized St. John’s based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma. St. John’s was named with St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kan. Both hospitals are members of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System and are two of only 405 U.S. hospitals and critical access hospitals earning the distinction of top performer for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. “Our associates are committed to providing effective, high-quality care at all of our facilities and we are extremely proud to be recognized by The Joint

Commission.” commented Mike Slubowski, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. Each top-performing hospital met two, 95 percentile performance thresholds. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met, or exceeded, a 95 percent performance target for every accountability measure for which it reports data, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. The 405 organizations identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the full previous year (2010) represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that report core measure performance data.

St. John’s Presents Breast Cancer Lectures Each year, nearly 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. John’s Health Center will present its second Pink Ribbon Lectures—“A Woman’s Health - Breast Health and Cancer” from 6:30-8:30 p.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 19 and from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Featured speakers and topics include St. John’s physicians and surgeons: Dr. Sean Fischer, medical oncologist (“Breast Cancer Prevention”); Dr. Daniel Kirsch, radiologist (“Finding Breast Cancer Early - Mammograms, Ultrasound, and MRI”); Dr. Leslie Memsic and Dr. Maggie DiNome, FACS, surgeons (“Breast Conserving Surgery”); Dr. Lisa Chaiken, radiation oncologist (“Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer”); Dr. Gregory Senofsky, FACS, FSSO, surgeon and Memsic, (“Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction”); and Dr. Cathie Chung, medical oncologist (“Current Medical Therapies for Breast Cancer”). The free educational program is presented in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. A representative will be available to provide literature and information about services. Advance reservations are required; call 310-829-8453.

UCLA Seminar To Explore Links Between Health, Labor And Organ Trafficking UCLA will present “Trends in Exploitation: Labor Trafficking and Organ Trafficking,” a look at the health implications of labor trafficking and organ trafficking, from 8:30-11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 at UCLA Covel Commons, 330 DeNeve Dr., Salon A on the third floor. Speakers will include: • Dr. Janet Pregler, professor of clinical medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center • Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, medical director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program, David Geffen School of Medicine • Dr. Susie Baldwin, chief of the health assessment unit in the Office of Health Assessment & Epidemiology, L.A, County Department of Public Health • Kay Buck, executive director, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking • A human trafficking survivor The event is free, but registration is required by Oct. 17. Parking is $11, cash only and exact change required. For more information, contact Daphney Alexander, 310-794-8063 or

Pituitary Disorders Topic Of Symposium To raise awareness and educate people about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of pituitary disorders, the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at St. John’s Health Center will host its second free California Hormonal & Pituitary Health Symposium, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, The Edye Second Stage, 1310 11th St. “Our mission is to increase public awareness about the signs and symptoms of pituitary hormonal disorders and pituitary tumors, as well as the major advances being made in the medical and surgical treatments of these problems,” said Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, director of St. John’s Brain Tumor Center and Pituitary Disorders Program and JWCI faculty member. “Ounce-for-ounce, the pituitary gland is by far our most under-appreciated yet essential body part.” Situated directly below the brain and optic nerves behind the nasal sinuses and weighing less than a gram, the pituitary is often called the “master gland” since it regulates so many critical body functions. Pituitary hormones control growth and development, sexuality and reproductive function, metabolism, the response to stress, electrolyte and water balance and quality of life. The pituitary can be affected by genetic disorders, brain trauma and by tumors that develop in and around the gland. For information on the symposium or to register, visit, call Pat Fitzwater, 805-300-9154 or e-mail

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