Lancaster Community Hospital Provides Quality Care

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Lancaster Community Hospital
Brian McCord
The high-quality health care Lancaster Community Hospital provides to the nearly 500,000 residents of the Antelope Valley just gets better and better. For one thing, the hospital follows a principle of continuous improvement at its estab­lished Lancaster facility. For another, in association with Universal Health Services, soon it will open a second hospital in Palmdale – the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. Lancaster Community Hospital has 117 licensed acute care beds, 24-hour emergency care and a number of centers focused on the care of specific conditions. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine treats patients with chronic, nonhealing wounds – with an 80 percent success rate. Nonhealing wounds often result from diabetes, and, consistent with its goal of continuous improvement, LCH is stepping up services for diabetes prevention and treatment. “Lancaster Community Hospital is coordinating the delivery of several services to help combat this disease and address issues related to diabetes in the Antelope Valley,” says Robert Trautman, the hospital’s CEO. “Over the next several months, we will be developing programs and medical access specific to the needs of the diabetic patients.” At the hospital’s Cardiac Center, heart patients benefit from the latest in noninvasive diagnostic and treatment technologies, including echocardi­ography, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, and cardiac arrhythmia services. Likewise, the Acute Rehabilitation Department uses the latest innovations in rehabilitation technology to help patients suffering from disabling conditions achieve the greatest possible function. A team of doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers coordinates treatment plans with patients and their family members. With an active medical staff of nearly 300 physicians, and 550-plus employees – including a nursing staff of 300 – the Lancaster Community Hospital team delivers competent, compassionate, customer-oriented care. That same kind of care will soon be available in Palmdale, the largest city in California without its own hospital – until now. The Palmdale Regional Medical Center is slated to open in 2009 with an initial 171 beds, all in private rooms, and a plan to increase to a total 239 beds soon after. “Development of the campus at Palmdale Regional Medical Center continues to take shape. Construction of the first two medical office buildings is expected to be completed soon,” Trautman says. “It is our goal to provide easy access to specialty health care in the Antelope Valley and eliminate the need for travel outside of the area for these services. As always, we appreciate the support and enthusiasm the community has demonstrated for Lancaster Community Hospital and the development of Palmdale Regional Medical Center.”

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