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Health Matters: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center | 3 Meet Tina Johann Our new chief philanthropy officer is passionate about her work. "I feel fortunate to be able to do what I love," says Tina Johann, the new chief philanthropy officer at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, who began her role in August. For more than 30 years Johann has held lead development positions in highly regarded nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California. "I have always aligned myself with nonprofits whose missions resonate with me," she explains. For nine years, Johann led fundraising efforts at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, the Department of Surgery and the research enterprise. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Johann now lives in Valencia and enjoys hiking and watching baseball—especially when her college-age son is playing. Johann is a team leader and principal gifts officer with a proven track record in securing seven- and eight-figure gifts. "Regardless of the level of gift, I first ask people for permission to ask for support through a request or proposal. I work with donors to identify the area of health care or medical specialty that they are passionate about. Often there is a personal reason a particular specialty, like cancer or heart disease, resonates with a potential donor," she says. Throughout her career, Johann has launched and closed several capital and comprehensive campaigns. Her priority right now is to close out the campaign to raise money to build a new emergency department and urgent care facility. "We have raised $65 million towards a $78 million goal. We want to close out that campaign in 2021." Along with this, Johann aims "to become a trusted colleague and representative of the institution so we can advance our important work together." High-Level Stroke Care Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has been certified as a comprehensive stroke center. Here's what it means. On June 28, 2020, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center was certified as a comprehensive stroke center—the highest certification possible. The designation signifies timely, first-rate care for stroke patients, from the minute they arrive at the hospital to the day they are discharged. What does this mean, and how did the hospital achieve this distinction? "In 2008 we became a 'primary stroke center,' " explains Ann Valladares, RN, a stroke-certified registered nurse and Stroke Center manager. This meant the hospital met the specialized needs of stroke patients. "We have continued to advance our clinical expertise in the care of our stroke patients. In 2018, we were designated a 'thrombectomy-capable stroke center'—meaning we could perform advanced procedures such as clot removal—and our local emergency medical services (EMS) providers started to bring complicated stroke patients here." This is critical. When stroke patients are taken to other hospitals without advanced capabilities and then transferred to a stroke center, the delay in treatment can affect recovery, and even survival. "Minutes matter," Valladares emphasizes. "We move quickly from the emergency department to radiology to critical care and then to recovery." Her team continually examines every minute of the process of acute care to see where time can be saved. "We have one core group of highly trained staff, which follows each patient through their journey to recovery," says Valladares. The stroke team is trained to recognize and treat patients quickly, 24/7, has the expertise and imaging equipment to treat complex strokes, will administer the clot-busting medicine known as tPA and employs the latest research to improve stroke outcomes.

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