A great number of West Hollywood’s businesses and non-profit agencies provide unique, and sometimes hard to find products and services to aid in the community’s healthy lifestyles. From exercise and healthy eating to alternative medicine, residents and visitors can rest assured that they will find what they need in order to maintain and strengthen their bodies and mind.
The people of West Hollywood care about their physique and overall health, which is made prevalent through the area’s more than 17 health clubs that span the city’s 1.9 square miles. West Hollywood became one of the premier cities to experiment with the now trendy Pilates style of exercise, a notable fact to share.
If you are new to the area or your health plan has changed, important decisions must be made – from finding a doctor to choosing a hospital that best meets you and your loved one’s medical needs. Conducting a little research and reviewing all options should be made before a member of the family needs medical attention. Just as you would not make a quick decision when picking a spouse or even when purchasing a vehicle, make sure to do some browsing of all the available healthcare choices at hand.
Each family’s needs are different from the next, as are the choices of hospitals to best suit every individual need. Those facilities affiliated with educational institutions tend to offer the latest in modern technology, coupled with highly-reputable physicians and staff members. Community hospitals often excel at affording each patient with personal attention and compassion. And some hospitals provide the best of both!
Researching your health plan is a good starting point. As you narrow your options, do some cross-checking in order to assure the primary care physician you have chosen practices at the hospitals being considered. Many doctors have privileges at several hospitals, offering a greater variety of alternatives.
For those undergoing diagnosis or treatment for a specific health condition, confirm the hospital specializes in this certain medical field. Check with your doctor’s office and inquire about recommendations to hospitals suited for your personal needs. Confirming the adage that practice makes perfect, hospitals that perform many of the same types of procedures tend to have better success rates. If possible, request information on how many of these specific procedures have been done at this hospital and how many are done by your physician or surgeon.
No one knows what the future may hold, but everyone would like to rest assured that it is in good hands. Even if you do not have a preexisting condition, it is still a great idea to be confident in the fact that your hospital excels in a wide range of specialty services. When looking into certain specialty programs, request information on patient outcomes to establish the quality of care.
Most hospitals volunteer to be surveyed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHCO). You can request performance reports and accreditation status from the Joint Commission at no cost by calling (630) 792-5800, or by visiting www.jointcommission.org. The Joint Commission accreditation indicates that a hospital has met certain criteria at a national level. Some states and consumer groups also put together statistics. California requires hospitals to report quality care data, which are made public to help consumers compare one facility to the next. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development provides consumers with useful reports and statistics. Visit the organization at www.oshpd.cahwnet.gov/index.htm for more information.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a well-known facility hailing as one of the largest non-profit academic medical centers in the western United States, is a Magent-recognized facility, a designation signifying excellence in nursing programs and overall patient care. The medical center is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities, coupled with its broad spectrum of programs and services, as well as breakthroughs in biomedical research and superlative medical education. Cedars-Sinai ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals in the country for its research activities, and was recently fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).