Breakthroughs Fall 2017

September 01, 2017

In October we will celebrate 75 years of providing excellent ser-vice to our community. Many groundbreaking firsts have been performed at Saint John’s. We are proud of that history and continue to pursue lifesaving, innovative therapies, such as the revolutionary cancer immuno-therapy medications that are the subject of our story on page 14 in this issue of Breakthroughs.

That leading-edge care extends to every department of our Health Center. On page 26, you can read about some of the advances in neurology that make patients choose Saint John’s for their care. For example, our neurosurgeons offer alternatives to spinal fusion surgeries for patients with herniated discs by offering an artificial disc replacement. Our brain surgeons are among the best in the business, providing state-of-the-art treatments and taking on cases that other physicians deem too challenging. Our goal also extends to keeping the families in our community well—in mind body and spirit. With that in mind, we’ve significantly increased your access to primary care physicians affiliated with Saint John’s, adding the 24-member Santa Monica Family Physicians group to our network and further strengthening the family medicine base first established by our excellent physicians in The Doctors of Saint John’s.

The vulnerable members of our community remain a core part of our Mission. The Child and Family Development Center (CDFC) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center helps provide care for the children in our community with special needs. You can read our story about child mental health and the services provided by CFDC on page 8. Moreover, in this issue, we are delighted to introduce our new Mission director, Paul Makarewicz, who will lead our program that oversees spiritual care and services for under-served individuals and groups (page 24).

As we celebrate our past and plan for our future, we vow to continue to offer the best pos-sible care to every individual who comes to us with a medical need. We are honored to serve our community and look forward to serving another 75 years and beyond.

With utmost respect,
Marcel Loh