Providence Health Magazine

Fall 2014

Letter from the Chief Executive

Across Providence Southern California, we strive not only to be the best in providing quality and compassionate care — we seek innovation. New ideas from our meeting rooms to our operating rooms drive our pledge of Creating Healthier Communities, Together.

In this edition of Providence magazine, you’ll learn about cardiothoracic surgeon Raymond Schaerf, MD, who was the first physician in the nation to implant a new MRI-compatible pacemaker in a patient. This patient later underwent full magnetic resonance imaging that included a detailed look at his heart. Previously that was too risky because of the potential complications from the magnetic force on the delicate leads that connect the pacemaker to the heart.

Innovation can be found on every floor of each of our Southern California hospitals, where recent nursing school graduates have landed those first hard-to-get jobs through our new Nurse Residency Program. These tech-savvy nurse grads helped veteran nurses master our new electronic health records system and, in return, learned bedside care from the experts.

You’ll also read about our leading-edge trauma simulation program. Our Providence Holy Cross trauma team members hone their skills on computerized, state-of-the-art mannequins, practicing lifesaving techniques to be at their best when faced with the real thing.

We are so proud to announce that Ira Byock, MD, one of the nation’s foremost experts in palliative care and a leading advocate for transforming care through the end of life, is joining Providence as chief medical officer of our new Institute for Human Caring.

Quality, compassion, innovation:
We urge you to keep those ideas in mind as we enter the annual open enrollment period. Read inside how Providence provides the full spectrum of health care to residents from the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities to the Westside and South Bay.

Karl Carrier
Interim Regional Chief Executive