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Providence Tarzana Medical Center celebrates 40th anniversary

Monday December 9, 2013
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Providence Tarzana (Calif.) Medical Center, a 249-bed hospital, celebrated its 40th anniversary Oct. 7, according to a
news release.

The hospital, which was acquired in 2008 by Providence Health & Services, specializes in women’s healthcare, cardiology, vascular, orthopedics, oncology, gastroenterology, neurology and wound care services, according to the release. The pediatrics unit is affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the hospital is home to one of the largest NICUs in San Fernando Valley.

RNs reminisce

Carol Hunter, RN, has worked there since the first day. “It was like moving into a new home,” Hunter said in the release. “It was very difficult because everything was new, and we didn’t know where everything was. The doctors were trying to get used to each other, and it was a while before it all settled down.”

Jane Matthews, RN, a charge nurse in the PICU, has seen many changes over the 40 years she has worked at Tarzana, according to the release.

Tarzana’s move to family-centered nursing is one of those changes. Matthews said one of her supervisors long ago didn’t believe parents should stay with their sick children, but now it is much different. “We’ve evolved so much; we’re much more open with families and believe the parents are an important part of the child’s healing process,” she said in the release.

Matthews also reflected on how technology has evolved over the years, particularly noting the advancements in treating sick children. “Not only has technology improved, but home remedies have evolved so much that parents are able to treat conditions like asthma when the symptoms first emerge, eliminating hospitalization in most cases,” she said.


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