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SVMHS Brings Stanford Lung Disease Care to Monterey County

Salinas, CA, November 21, 2013 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s (SVMHS) longstanding and unique partnership with Stanford Hospital & Clinics has resulted in another healthcare first in Monterey County providing new options in organ transplant care. People in the region now have access to the Stanford Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and Transplant Outreach in Monterey. The outreach clinic is located at SVMHS Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Monterey.

The outreach program in partnership with SVMHS brings Stanford’s world-renowned lung and heart-lung program and advanced lung disease care to patients who otherwise would have to travel to the Bay Area for diagnosis and treatment. The Monterey clinic is staffed by Stanford specialists who work closely with local physicians to provide unprecedented medical options for patients living in Monterey County and beyond.

“Patients with advanced disease should not be forced to travel outside the area to get the best care the medical community can offer,” says Pete Delgado, president/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “Our relationship with Stanford and this outreach clinic allows patients to explore their transplant options without the time, expense and added emotional strain of long distance travel.”

In collaboration with SVMHS, The Stanford Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and Transplant Outreach in Monterey offers a complete program of personalized patient care, superior outcomes and cutting edge research. Opportunities go beyond transplant evaluation and include clinical trails and other treatment options designed to improve quality and length of life for patients with advanced lung disease. The multi-disciplinary team now available to the local community includes transplant surgeons, transplant pulmonologists, nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians, financial coordinators and patient care coordinators.

The SVMHS and Stanford collaboration allows patients to receive comprehensive transplant evaluation with timely communication to referring pulmonologists and potential transplant candidates. Stanford specializes in high risk transplant candidates and routinely transplant patients with complex conditions including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Sarcoidosis, Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, and Congenital Heart Disease.

The Stanford Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and Transplant Outreach in Monterey brings a proven track record of superior outcomes to the region which includes a one year mark patient survival rate for heart-lung transplant of 93% compared to the US average of 80% and a lung transplant one year patient survival of 90% compared to 85% for US average. The outreach clinic provides SVMHS an opportunity to serve the healthcare needs of the community while supporting Stanford in cutting edge research and important national clinical trails related to transplantation.

This latest partnership builds on a foundation of collaboration with Stanford, which includes the nationally recognized Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit operated in partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Stanford Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program at SVMHS Ryan Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Monterey.

The Stanford Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and Transplant Outreach in Monterey is located at SVMHS Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, 5 Lower Ragsdale, Monterey, CA 93940. You can find out more information by calling 650-723-3633 or visit www.svmh.com/lungtransplant.


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