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Unique Cancer Surgery

Saves Patient's Face

 Riggs

"Because of Henry Mayo, I will 

watch my daughter grow up."

 

The dark spot on her face kept getting bigger. Despite many dermatological procedures to remove it over the years, the spot on Cathy Riggs' face kept eventually growing. In May 2010, biopsies showed a malignancy.

 

"I was so worried about its rapid growth, it had doubled in size in four weeks," said Riggs, a 16-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran.  Read more below...



January 2012
Community Open House & NICU Preview
Community invited to Henry Mayo's annual open house
baby 

Please join us for a community open house and grand opening preview of the Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

 

The event will provide residents the opportunity to tour the new NICU and find out about the progress of other milestone projects and programs at Henry Mayo.

 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia   

Meet in the hospital cafeteria 

 

For more information, please call (661) 200-1306.

Hospital Room Remodeling Improves Patient Experience

Hallway

New flooring, walls and fresh paint are some of the major upgrades in Henry Mayo's most recent remodeling project which was designed to create a positive patient experience and enhance the hospital's appearance.

 

Remodeling work was recently completed in three of the inpatient units and included new paint, energy efficient lighting, new outlets and new vinyl flooring with a wood grain appearance. Nursing stations were also enhanced in the three patient units as well as hallways throughout the hospital. The remaining inpatient units will be completed in the near future. 

 


Henry Mayo Launches Stroke Support Group
Supporting patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones. 
Support

Henry Mayo's new Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group was developed to address the unique challenges facing stroke survivors, their caregivers and loved ones. The free support group is open to patients, survivors, caregivers and family members and meets the second Wednesday of every month, 2 to 3:30 pm, in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) Dining Room.

 

Those attending the group learn about stroke, share experiences and receive encouragement and strength from others who have experienced a similar event.

 

For more information, please call (661) 253-8651.  

Unique Cancer Surgery Saves Patient's Face

"Because of Henry Mayo, I will watch my daughter grow up" 

Riggs 2

The dark spot on her face kept getting bigger. Despite many dermatological procedures to remove it over the years, the spot on Cathy Riggs' face kept growing. In May 2010, biopsies showed a malignancy.

 

"I was so worried about its rapid growth, it had doubled in size in four weeks," said Riggs, a 16-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran. "If I had waited another four to six weeks, I was worried they would have to take half my face off."

 

Fully aware of the urgency and risks associated with even a day's delay, the cancer team at Henry Mayo immediately jumped into action. Staff surgeons Dr. Gregory Senofsky, Dr. Peter Ashjian and Dr. David Sadaat cleared their personal schedules on a weekend to operate on Riggs' tumor.

 

"Cathy's melanoma was one of the largest I'd ever removed. We had to dissect out all her nerves, it was so deep," Senofsky said of the nine-hour surgery. "That level of care is as advanced as you can get. I think it's notable to do a case of that magnitude in a community hospital. It went perfectly."

 

"Cathy's result was outstanding. We had all the tools and equipment, and we had the people with the proper training who were committed to obtaining quality results," Ashjian said.

 

After surgery, Riggs received good news: the margins were clear on the tissue the surgeons had removed, as were the lymph nodes.

 

"What many people don't know is that for melanoma, head and neck, and breast cancer, Henry Mayo's cancer program is on par with some of the leading hospitals around the country," said John Barstis, MD, oncology medical director at Henry Mayo. "In fact, our physicians, whose work is regularly publised in medical journals, are among the most highly respected cancer specialists in their fields." 

 

"I definitely recommend Henry Mayo Hospital and the physicians to my family and friends," added Riggs. "Because of them, I will watch my daughter grow up."

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