Quarterly Report: July to September 2021 - Achievements and Recognition

Achievements and Recognition

Awards, achievements, and recognitions reveal the dedication of our staff, programs, and departments. They also show the progress of our organization, recognize exceptional work, and demonstrate our commitment to better care, service, and health

SCVMC’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation team received a Spinal Cord Injury Model System grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. The grant, totaling $2.3 million, provides five years funding for research. The team will be conducting a site-specific study, a collaborative module research project, and continue longitudinal data collection aimed to improve our understanding of outcomes for individuals with a spinal cord injury. 

ACR - American College of Radiology - Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The American Heart Association featured a research study led by Susan X. Zhao, M.D., a SCVMC cardiologist. The study brought attention to a growing form of severe heart failure from the use of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine-related heart failure rose a staggering 585% between 2008 and 2018 in California, and costs associated with methamphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped even higher to 840%. Researchers called for a public health response since most of the heart failure cases related to methamphetamine use are in adults younger than 65.

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging Department fulfilled the requirements to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The American College of Radiology gives this designation to breast imaging centers that demonstrate they have achieved excellence by being fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is proud to share that is has been recognized, once again by Cal Hospital Compare for its high-quality care of mothers and babies. Cal Compares recognized SCVMC for reducing cesarean rates among low risk, first births. SCVMC has received this award for the past six consecutive years - every year since the recognition program. 

Proud to be Baby-Friendly Designated

Our hospitals celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in August. Designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, the philosophy that breastfeeding is the optimal way for infants to be nourished with human milk is recognized.

Beginning August 23, 2021, a new tradition was established at SCVMC. Whenever a baby is born at the hospital, a chime plays overhead.  The chimes remind us to take a moment and be reminded that with each new life, hope is reborn.

At SCVMC, 98% of mothers want to breastfeed their newborns at the time of birth, which leads to better health for mom and baby. Our maternity nurses provide education and support, and certified lactation consultants get involved for more complex patient needs. 

In July, St. Louise Regional Hospital hosted the second annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Day of Remembrance. This event is held in memory of the shooting tragedy that took place two years ago. The event included executive team, staff, community members, and religious leaders. The District Attorney and the Gilroy Strong Resiliency Center dedicated their “Act of Kindness” to the hospital’s staff.

Gilroy Garlic Festival Day of Remembrance




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