Adventist Health Bakersfield | You + Us | Winter 2020
3 Caring and curing through technology Our comprehensive approach to healthcare includes embracing new ways of taking care of you and your family. After all, the people you love most deserve the best the medical world has to offer. Throughout this issue, you’ll see examples of how we’re using the latest technology to fulfill our mission of living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Good things come in small packages Surgeons at Adventist Health Bakersfield are now offering patients the world’s smallest pacemaker—Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System. It’s about the size of a vitamin pill and weighs less than a penny. Cardiologist Moksedul Habib, MD, placed the first of its kind in a patient in late October 2019 at Adventist Health Bakersfield. Unlike traditional pacemakers, it doesn’t require an incision in the chest. Instead, it’s moved through the blood vessels into the heart. “I feel blessed to provide this new technology to my patients,” Dr. Habib says. “Certain patients have no other alternatives or must go through extensive high-risk surgery because they can’t get a standard pacemaker. This new technology gives my patients hope.” Help give hope to more patients. Click the “Donate Now” button at ahbakersfield.org/foundation . In this issue makes me more comfortable being able to ask questions and knowing they will be answered right there. Also, attending the lectures has allowed me to network, not only with doctors but with other men who are going through medical issues.” José especially valued the free Men’s Health Lecture Series that focused on health issues many men face, including cancer, orthopedic problems and urologic issues. “Men at these events openly discussed their situations and helped me better understand why I need to seek medical help for early detection,” José says. One of those people José met at a lecture was José Bosque, MD, an orthopedic surgeon for Adventist Health Physicians Network. Dr. Bosque now treats the Hernandezes’ 16-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, who is a high school cross-country runner. Many services under one virtual roof Another perk to making Adventist Health their medical home: Karla and José have access to the MyAdventistHealth Patient Portal*, where they can: •Access health records in one place, including procedures, some lab and test results, immunizations, medications and allergies •Request to schedule, reschedule or cancel appointments •Receive email reminders •Send messages to their care team •Complete health forms before appointments “It’s been very convenient to use Adventist Health for our medical care,” says Karla, whose recovery has gone very well. “I have loved the attention and care I have received from day one. During the mammogram screening event I attended in May, every person involved made sure I started the process of getting a mammogram. I was referred to a great doctor and nurses who have been a great support system. They explained everything in great detail and showed so much compassion. “I am blessed to have such a great team of doctors and nurses helping me.” *Not all features may be available for your doctor, and some lab and test results are legally restricted from being viewed online. Care you can trust. Find out why you’re in good hands: ahbakersfield.org/expertcancercare . One-of-a-kind cancer care The Adventist Health AIS Cancer Center holds the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program designation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This means we proudly provide all of our services on-site and on one campus . Our doctors are true experts, seeing over 1,000 new diagnosed cases per year. We are also the only cancer program in Kern County that is accredited by the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and ACR Radiation Oncology. This means that every step of the way, through every part of your cancer journey, we are providing the highest level of care available.