In Brief

Dedicated dermatology care for cancer patients
Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation often experience debilitating skin side effects that require them to discontinue or disrupt their life-saving cancer therapies. A new Supportive Dermato-Oncology Program at Stanford is addressing this growing problem by providing dedicated dermatology care to patients where they already are: the Cancer Center. Dr. Bernice Kwong sees patients in  Clinic A at the Stanford Cancer Center on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. To refer a patient to the Supportive Dermato-Oncology program, contact New Patient Coordinator Silvia Pena-Sandoval at 650.736.5477 or SPSandoval@stanfordmed.org.

Stanford recognized as “Best Hospital”
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Stanford Hospital & Clinics as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in 13 out of 16 medical specialties. The Hospital also received a number two ranking among all California hospitals, and a number one ranking in the San Jose metro area.

Stanford was among 147 facilities— roughly three percent of the 4,806 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals report—to be ranked in even one of 16 specialties. Stanford Hospital & Clinics is ranked nationally in 13 adult specialties—cancer (#10); cardiology/ heart surgery (#16); ear, nose & throat (#9); gastroenterology (#29); geriatrics (#47); gynecology (#23); nephrology (#26); neurology/neurosurgery (#28); orthopaedics (#18); psychiatry (#15); pulmonology (#29); rheumatology (#16); and urology (#22). Stanford was also designated a high-performing center in two adult specialties—diabetes & endocrinology and rehabilitation.

Triage team expedites care in ED
Two new programs in the Stanford Emergency department—Fast Track and Team Triage—have dramatically reduced wait times for patients seeking care for mild to severe illnesses and injuries. With Team Triage, an emergency department physician, nurse and technician are located in the waiting area to quickly see patients as they register, determine the severity of their illness or injury and begin their care. The Stanford ED also launched Fast Track, which is staffed with its own set of emergency physicians, nurses and techs, to give prompt attention to patients with minor illnesses or injuries. The door-to-doctor time for Fast Track patients averages about 18 minutes, and most patients are out of the emergency room in a little over an hour. Referring physicians can call the Team Triage or Fast Track doctor on duty if they have a patient they want to bring in for a quick examination or evaluation.

Expanded cancer services coming to the South Bay
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is opening a new outpatient cancer center in San Jose in 2015, to offer convenient access to Stanford’s leading edge, patient-centered care for patients who live and work in the South Bay. Stanford physicians will work in close partnership with physicians from the local medical community to provide treatment and manage patients’ ongoing care. The 70,000 square-foot outpatient facility will offer the same advances in cancer treatment and complementary care as the Stanford Cancer Center, including access to clinical trials.

Help for families with genetic predisposition to heart disease
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a deadly but treatable condition that results from the body’s inability to clear cholesterol from the blood causing LDL cholesterol to reach startlingly high levels ( > 190 mg/dl). FH is diagnosed in less than 10 percent of cases; it accounts for 20 percent of heart attacks in people less than 45 years old.

The Stanford Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Clinic provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with FH. To refer a patient for treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia, call the main Stanford Cardiovascular Clinic.

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