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.
First SoCal private university program starts in fall
California Lutheran University will offer a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and tourism, the only one available from a private institution in Southern California, starting in the fall semester.
Cal Lutheran’s School of Management spent two years working with more than 50 industry leaders from organizations including AmaWaterways, Westlake Village Inn, Pleasant Holidays, The Walt Disney Co., Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District and Urbane Cafe to develop the program. Many of them stepped forward to provide more than $600,000 in seed funding for a professorship and scholarship fund.
“Support from industry professionals eager to build a needed pipeline of high-quality talent for their businesses has been amazing,” said School of Management Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler. “They have helped us put together a top-notch program that will prepare students for leadership in this important and growing field.”
The hospitality and tourism industry is a driving force behind the California and regional economies and is forecast to grow. Despite the importance of tourism in California, the percentage of colleges in the state offering programs in the field falls below the national average. Locally, Cal Lutheran’s program will provide a way for students in the hospitality, restaurant and tourism management, and culinary arts programs at Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College and the Ventura County Office of Education to continue their education.
Companies have already committed to more than 50 internships, which will be required of students, and study abroad opportunities are also available. Labs will give students hands-on experience with the latest reservation, conference and front desk management systems so they will have broad knowledge of the areas they may oversee as managers.
Students will complete a core managerial program to develop skills in operations, finance, human resources and marketing. Company executives will present special courses and guest lectures. The curriculum will also focus on creative and critical thinking, communication and ethical leadership. The final year will cover advanced hospitality management topics and involve students in roundtable meetings with local, regional and global executives.
“The hospitality industry needs well-rounded, well-educated professionals,” said Jim Cathcart, director of human resources for Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. “I am very excited about Cal Lutheran’s program, which balances industry-specific courses, experiential learning and the liberal arts.”
For more information on the program, go to callutheran.edu/hospitality.
Attorney General, Labor Commissioner Issues Guidance and FAQ for Employers on Immigration Enforcement Actions
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Labor Commissioner Julie Su yesterday issued two documents for California employers dealing with California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450).
Attorney General Becerra issued an advisory providing an overview of and guidance on the privacy prescriptions under AB 450. Commissioner Su also issued joint guidance on frequently asked questions to help employers and workers understand and comply with the new state law.
Under AB 450, all employers, regardless of size, must limit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents’ access to both the worksite and employee records, and must follow new notice obligations. This law applies to all California employers and was effective January 1, 2018.
California employers can no longer consent voluntarily to allow ICE to enter nonpublic work areas or to access company records. Instead, ICE must present legal documentation before employers can allow access.
Employers must follow specific requirements related to Form I-9 inspections. For example, within 72 hours of receiving a Notice of Inspection, California employers must post a notice to all current employees informing them of any federal immigration agency’s inspections of Forms I-9 or other employment records.
CalChamber added the new Notice to Employee English and Spanish versions to the HRCalifornia website. These forms are available for free.
Employers also have obligations once the inspection is over. Within 72 hours of receiving the inspection results, employers must provide each “affected employee” a copy of the results and a written notice of the employer’s and employee’s obligations arising from the inspection. The written notice must contain specific information and must be hand-delivered in the workplace, if possible. An “affected employee” is one identified by the inspection results as potentially lacking work authorization or having document deficiencies.
Unions also have the right to receive notices.
An employer that fails to follow any of these notice requirements can be fined between $2,000 to $5,000 for a first violation and $5,000 to $10,000 for each subsequent violation.
At the same time, federal penalties for Form I-9 violations can range from a couple hundred dollars to more than $20,000.
Preparation Is Essential
Because the timeframes are so short, preparation is key to meeting the notice requirements. Employers should have a process in place to respond to Notices of Inspection. Employers should identify who in their organization would likely receive a Notice of Inspection and confirm that person knows how to respond.
CalChamber members can learn more about Worksite Immigration Enforcement and Protections
in the HR Library. Not a member? Learn about the benefits of membership.
The white paper, Worksite Immigration Enforcements: What You Need to Know is available for nonmembers to download. CalChamber members can also access this white paper on HRCalifornia.