Paradise Valley Hospital, two years later, is transformed

U-T Editorial: Remarkable recovery

Flash back to February 2007. Adventist Health was unable to staunch losses of $2 million a month and was desperately seeking a buyer to avoid closure. Paradise Valley flunked Medicare/Medi-Cal inspections and was at risk of losing its main source of revenue. State Attorney General Jerry Brown had to play referee, awarding the sale to Victorville-based Prime Healthcare for $30 million and years of conditions.

The hospital was in the black for all of 2008… Medicare inspections have been passed and the hospital, under its new ownership, is back in the government's good graces. The hospital's sixth floor, vacant during Adventist's final days, is bustling with staff and patients. New computer monitors are at each station, a $1 million expense. The X-ray system is digital now, not film, representing another $1 million. All 19 emergency room beds, not just the previous four, have patient monitoring systems. New portable scanners are in the hallways, awaiting set-up and testing. The nursing system just went to electronic records in October. The emergency room is scheduled to go paperless April 1, a milestone in efficiency and making information available – stat.

(Luis) Leon, Paradise Valley’s CEO is certified as a physician's assistant, has a two-hour goal for the emergency room. Meaning that visitors will have been seen, treated and either admitted or discharged, all within two hours. If there is a show-stopper, it is at the cath lab, short for cardio catherization. An internal defibrillator implant is under way. This device is similar to a pacemaker, except it comes into play only when the heart stops. Doctors in the operating room as well as assistants in an anteroom can see real-time images inside the patient's body as a thin cable is used to guide components into place. All told, 10 professionals are present for the operation.

For a hospital, the first step in providing quality health care is to stay healthy as an institution. We're happy to report that Paradise Valley Hospital is back on its feet and ready to take strides forward. For an institution that has been keeping South County residents well for 104 years, that is a very reassuring turn of events

Categories: News