Dominican Hospital Provides Patient Care With a Family Focus

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 16:37
Since the first day the Adrian Dominican Sisters took charge of the 18-bed hospital on Santa Cruz’s West Cliff Drive in 1941, the people of California’s Central Coast have been in good hands. Looking back, Dominican Hospital has come a long way. The health care center is today a dual campus facility offering a combined 379 acute care beds. Dominican offers 24-hour emergency care, backed by some of the region’s most advanced diagnostic equipment. Patients can receive a variety of services at Dominican, ranging from intensive care to lifestyle management. Three of the hospital’s exceptionally strong programs are cancer care, home health and the family birthing center. The Bennett & Suzy Katz Cancer Resource Center offers patients and their families free services such as assistance in coordinating care, referrals to support services, answers to questions about cancer and after-hour phone access. At the cancer resource center, the emphasis is on treating the whole patient, not just their illness. Dominican Home Health works to keep patients comfortable, in the surroundings of their own home, during their treatment and recovery. Caregivers including nurses, therapists, home health aids and social workers come to you so you don’t have to come to them. Dominican believes this makes for a swifter, more thorough recovery. The family birthing center is staffed 24 hours a day with highly specialized physicians, nurses and auxiliary staff to care for babies born under any circumstances. The facility is a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to care for high-risk births, and the birth rooms are designed specially with mother-baby bonding in mind. No matter the health care needs that arise on California’s Central Coast, Dominican Hospital is well equipped to handle them. After more than 60 years, they’ve become a trusted member of Santa Cruz’s health care community.