Robotic Knee Surgery Gets Restaurateur Active Again
March 1, 2021

Robotic Knee Surgery Gets Restaurateur Active Again

Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

John Dalesandro recently dashed across the floor of his restaurant in La Brea, Los Angeles. His patrons were pleased to see him back on his feet after recovering from a partial knee replacement surgery.

Three years ago, John suffered a meniscal tear—an injury caused by forceful or sudden twisting of knee. “Being in the restaurant business, I am on my feet for 7-8 hours a day. I lift

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HPMC Emergency
February 12, 2021

ER Doctor’s Experience Receiving Vital COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

As an Emergency Medicine Specialist at CHA HPMC, Dr. Shahrokh Kohanim understood how deadly COVID-19 is—he had seen many critical patients wheeled in to the Emergency Room. But on Dec. 21, Dr. Kohanim became the patient. “I developed severe cough and my COVID test came out positive,” he says.

Dr. Kohanim, who was undergoing an immunosuppressive therapy for a skin disease, was considered a high-risk patient for COVID-19. “I

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Joel Nass Receives Safe Emergency Care for Appendicitis during COVID-19 Pandemic
January 6, 2021

Joel Nass Receives Safe Emergency Care for Appendicitis during COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

Abdominal discomfort woke Joel Peter Nass in the middle of the night on a Saturday. The discomfort continued, but Joel otherwise felt normal and went to work. By noon, the discomfort had turned into sharp pain and he went to the nearest urgent care. “Suspecting it to be appendicitis, they advised to go to the nearest hospital and HPMC was the closest one,” he says.

At 39 years old,

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Another Chance at Life’
December 11, 2020

Another Chance at Life

Phillip Guttmann was admitted to CHA HPMC in mid-March after testing positive for COVID-19. After spending almost seven weeks in the ICU—where our dedicated team of doctors and nurses treat the most critical patients—and being cared for by our compassionate healthcare heroes, Phillip wanted them to know how much they meant to his recovery. Below is an excerpt* from his letter to our staff:

“This is not an easy letter to write but I want

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Preemie Twin Babies Receive Life-Saving Care
November 10, 2020

Preemie Twin Babies Receive Life-Saving Care

Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. While no one plans or prepares to have a premature baby, some parents may find themselves in this situation. This was the case for Kaylee Tomes and her husband in March this year.

First-time mom Kaylee, a resident of Simi Valley, was excited to welcome twin babies. At 33 weeks, Kaylee was admitted to Simi Valley Hospital for Preeclampsia—a pregnancy complication where expectant

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