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PATRONS | Spring 2016 10 A recent community needs assessment revealed children and adults living in the Centinela Valley—Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox, Los Angeles, El Segundo, Watts, Compton and Lawndale—were in need of additional dental care and mental health support. To provide assistance to our northern neighbors, Torrance Memorial Medical Center recently applied for and received a $500,000 California Community Foundation (CCF) grant, gifted from the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Fund. e fund was established by a more than $50 million trust created from the sale of Centinela Hospital Medical Center to a for- profit corporation. It's designed to promote and improve the health and quality of life of children and adults throughout the Centinela Valley. "A key component is the utilization of a case manager," says Claire Coignard, director of Health Education at Torrance Memorial. "is means once someone's needs are identified, the referral information is provided and the individual is introduced to a physician, dentist, or mental health specialist." She continues, "I like to call this 'a warm handoff ' because the case manager engages as a support system for the individual, helping to guide them to the appropriate provider of care." According to Coignard, the grant will expand access to timely, affordable and high-quality health care and health promotion services— something many in the community have had challenges obtaining. Over the next two years Torrance Memorial will partner with South Bay Children's Health Center (SBCHC) to identify community health needs, as well as educate the community on the dental, mental health and medical resources available to them, linking residents with a medical and dental home. In addition, the grant will expand Healthy Ever After, a school-based nutrition program sponsored by Torrance Memorial's Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute that teaches elementary school children about making better food choices and enlightens them on healthy lifestyles. It will also provide education about Affordable Care Act insurance coverage. Grant to Provide Education and Health Services to the Centinela Valley WRITTEN BY CARLIE RICHMAN Torrance Memorial Earns Performance Recognition for Cardiovascular Care PROGRESS NOTES Torrance Memorial Medical Center has received four performance distinctions for stroke, heart failure and heart attack care. For the third straight year, Torrance Memorial has been honored with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. e award honors the hospital's commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Also for the second consecutive year, Torrance Memorial received the Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus recognition by the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology Foundation. It's awarded to hospitals that provide the most up–to–date, research–based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Torrance Memorial received two additional achievements in heart attack care. Torrance Memorial is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to receive the Action Registry—Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Award. e award recognizes Torrance Memorial's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies reaching an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standards of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. Torrance Memorial also earned a Mission Lifeline Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of those who suffer heart attacks. is award recognizes milestones in reducing barriers to prompt treatment, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. ese accolades demonstrate Torrance Memorial's continued efforts in meeting the rigorous guidelines of care for patients treated at the Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute.

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