Integrated Surgical Microscope Platform Enables the Highest Level of Precision in Procedures on the Tiniest and Most Delicate Tissues
St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a Dignity Health hospital, is proud to announce its latest operating department technological advancement, the Zeiss OPMI Pentero 900 microscope. This new high-tech, minimally invasive surgical microscope uses fluorescence technology to visualize tissue and blood vessels in delicate microsurgeries and delivers surgeons razor-sharp video images in full HD quality.
The OPMI Pentero visualization system is so powerful that it can check the flow of blood through tiny vessels that have been repaired during a procedure, including those in the brain. Laser-guided autofocus allows for precise navigation. The lenses are integrated with an HD viewing system that feeds relevant patient data and contrast views to the surgeon’s eyepiece, a large HD screen for supporting OR staff, and hospital computers for immediate workflow.
“This microscope allows enhanced surgical visualization of complex anatomical structures and regions for difficult open neurovascular procedures, along with improved fluorescence vascular imaging,” says Alois Zauner, MD, a Neurosurgeon at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
This powerful intraoperative microscope, used for minimally invasive brain surgeries, is the latest addition to SJRMC’s new Neuroscience Center of Excellence. The Neuroscience Center of Excellence, which is part of the Modernization and Expansion Project currently underway at the hospital, includes the addition of a world class neuro-interventional biplane angiography system, as well as the additional program enhancements to perform brain clot removal, aneurysm repair, carotid artery stenting, advanced brain and next tumor removal and intracranial hemorrhage stoppage.
“The addition of this new operating room microscope, along with our enhanced programs and abilities in the field of neuroscience is one more example of fulfilling our promise to the community to provide the safest and highest of quality care coupled with the latest state-of-the-art technologies, said Darren Lee, President & CEO, St. John’s Hospitals. He adds, “No longer do our community members need to travel outside our community to receive world-class care. World-class care can be found right here in our own backyard and we will continue to provide our patients with the latest advancements and compassionate care.
About Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard is a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and rated among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. St. John’s Regional is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at dignityhealth.org/stjohnsregional.
Kendall VanConas has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2018 in a newly published listing of top attorneys nationwide – a designation earned by only five percent or fewer of Southern California-based lawyers annually.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations for the nominees. Each candidate is evaluated on a dozen indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers may not nominate themselves. (See superlawyers.com.)
VanConas is a certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law, and a locally recognized expert in conservatorship law. She joined A to A Law in 2003, became a partner in 2007, and was named as managing partner in 2017. VanConas holds the highest “AV” rating from the independent Martindale-Hubbell rating service and is a past president of the Ventura County Bar Association. She is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Oxnard.
Established in 1990, Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel, LLP, is one of Ventura County’s most distinguished law firms, noted for its expertise and reputation. The firm’s eight practice groups provide individuals, businesses and government agencies with superior counsel in a wide range of matters, including business, real estate and personal injury litigation; real estate and business transactions; estate planning, probate and trust administration and litigation; and environmental and land use law.
VanConas can be reached at email@example.com. Visit www.atozlaw.com.
The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support Proposition 68 (The California Clean Water & Safe Parks Act), a bond measure that will appear on the June 2018 ballot. The measure funds vital investments in the state’s natural resources, with a crucial emphasis on water quality and reliability.
CalChamber is proud to be a part of the broad coalition supporting Prop. 68 and urges members to join in issuing support for the bond today by clicking the link at the campaign website: https://yes68ca.com.
CalChamber’s endorsement has been echoed by organizations throughout the state, including the League of California Cities, Association of California Water Agencies, the American Heart Association, California State Parks Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and League of Women Voters.
Why CalChamber Supports
The state Legislature passed SB 5 (de León; D-Los Angeles) to put the bond measure on the ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would authorize the issuance of $4 billion in general obligation bonds.
The funds for water quality and supply total $1.27 billion of the $4 billion (30%). The funds for environmental protection and restoration total $2.83 billion of the $4 billion (70%).
The CalChamber Board voted to support Prop. 68 because the measure:
Why Join Endorsers
Prop. 68 will help tackle some of the most critical issues facing the state, helping to make California’s water supplies more secure, making needed investments in drought preparedness and ensuring every California community has access to safe, quality parks.
The measure will fund projects to ensure clean drinking water throughout California, protect communities from floods, safeguard the state’s oceans, rivers, lakes and streams, and build new outdoor spaces in neighborhoods with the greatest need.
The CalChamber invites members to join us in pushing for Prop. 68’s passage by lending their names to the broad coalition of organizations already supporting the measure.
For further information on Prop. 68, please contact Sarah Melbostad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 760-2121.
The March 8 Knowledge & Networking Lunch will feature a candidates’ forum for the May 1 city council recall election. Qualified candidates vying for the positions of mayor and city council are invited to participate. The incumbent mayor and council members have also been invited to deliver messages of why they should not be recalled.
Moderating the forum will be Dr. Herbert E. Gooch, Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. He formerly Served as Director of the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program and Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies at Cal Lutheran. Herb has written extensively and is a frequent commentator on political affairs locally and statewide.
The candidates’ forum will be held at River Ridge Golf Club on March 8 from 11:30 to 1:30. Advance reservations are highly recommended since this will be a well-attended event. The lunch price is discounted for members reserving by March 5. Log on to the Chamber website or call the office at 805-983-6118 to make a reservation.
Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), a nonprofit organization that helps young students understand and appreciate the origins of their food, received a $7,500 grant from Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC). The funds will help SEEAG expand its education efforts through its Journey of Our Food agricultural and nutrition school programs. Since its inception in 2008, SEEAG has provided free classroom and onsite farm field trips to over 20,000 students.
RAC, headquartered in Oxnard, has operations worldwide with affiliates in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Africa, is the largest fresh, multi-berry producer in the world and the leading supplier of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in North America.
"RAC has been a wonderful SEEAG partner for several years," says Mary Maranville, SEEAG CEO. “It's a perfect match. RAC grows row crops and we use row crops to teach students about where their food comes from. The recent Thomas Fire cemented the relationship event further." SEEAG volunteers recently batched together about 6,000 donated gift cards and helped distribute them to farmworkers affected by the fire.
"It's relationships like these, people helping people, that make you appreciate how much good there is in our community and the importance of our agricultural neighbors," says Maranville.
To learn more about SEEAG, go to www.SEEAG.org or contact Maranville at email@example.com, 805-901-0213.