• Spotlight: The Trauma Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center


    When you have experienced a traumatic injury, you need immediate qualified medical assistance—and time is of the essence. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, you will find the only Level II Trauma Center in the area of East Ventura County. Our capable trauma team is fully trained and prepared to provide all of our patients with multidisciplinary treatment to ensure that all of their needs are met. Our trauma emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been providing the community with exceptional medical care for more than four decades. We work to ensure a rapid response to every medical emergency, offering some of the shortest emergency room wait times in the country. Visit our website to learn more about our Trauma Center and emergency room, or call (805) 497-2727 to find out more about the medical services we offer. 

  • What Are the Different Types of Fat in Your Diet?

    Fat is often a divisive subject when it comes to nutrition. Some people claim that eliminating fat from your diet can aid health, while others suggest that fat is necessary for wellbeing. So how can you make sure that you are eating the right kinds of fats in the right amounts?  Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center  can help you better understand the role of fat in nutrition with these helpful nutritional facts.

    High In Fat

    Trans Fats

    Trans fats have received a significant amount of media coverage for good reason. As more research is conducted on this type of fat, healthcare experts are finding that it can be highly detrimental to health. Trans fats are a combination of vegetable oil and hydrogen, which keeps it in solid form. Many food manufacturers and restaurants use trans fats for taste and preservation. However, this type of fat can negatively influence good and bad cholesterol levels . To keep your cholesterol in balance, avoid trans fats when possible.

    Saturated Fats

    Saturated fats can likewise harm your health by increasing the amount of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. Should you enjoy a diet that contains high levels of saturated fat, it could increase your chances of suffering heart disease. Rich dairy products, including ice cream, butter, and whole milk, typically have ample saturated fat components.

    Unsaturated Fats

    A balanced diet should contain some fat, as this nutrient helps with the utilization of vitamins in the body, the stabilization of your body temperature, and the health of your skin. Key to eating the right kind of fats is looking for those of the unsaturated variety. Natural foods such as avocados and almonds contain this type of fat. Many cooking oils do as well. When using oil for meal preparation, choose canola or olive options, as they both are comprised of unsaturated fats.

    Is your weight compromising your health? If healthy eating habits and regular physical activity have not been able to provide the weight loss you need to achieve better health, call Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. Our Thousand Oaks surgical weight loss experts can help you determine if surgery is the best weight loss option for your wellness needs. 

  • A Look at the Awards and Accreditations of Los Robles Hospital


    Los Robles Hospital has built a reputation for excellence for which we continue to strive. In particular, we are proud of the recognition that our heart hospital has received over the years for our dedication to providing unparalleled heart attack treatment services. Our hospital was the first Ventura County facility to receive the designation of being a nationally accredited chest pain center. Our high level of cardiovascular care has resulted in the distinction of being a top heart center as determined by the National Research Corporation. Our heart hospital has received several other cardiovascular care honors as well. No matter the type of treatment that our Thousand Oaks patients receive, we aim to ensure their ultimate safety throughout their hospital experience. As a result, we were also given a Leapfrog “A” grade for patient safety.

    Would you like to learn more about how Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center stands apart from other healthcare facilities? Call (805) 497-2727 to speak with a representative about our awards and accreditations. Our website also lists in greater detail the distinctions and services of our Thousand Oaks hospital.

  • Understanding What Happens During Traumatic Brain Injuries

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    Your brain is the control center of your body. It regulates a vast assortment of functions that allow you to experience the world as you do. Among its many operations, the brain enables sight, speech, and memory formation. Therefore, as the following information demonstrates, a brain injury could prove critically disabling to someone who suffers from it. The Emergency Medicine and Level II Trauma Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers swift and capable clinical care for individuals who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

    Cellular Damage

    Multiple events can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Stroke, the primary cause of disability in the United States, can cause widespread brain damage as the result of blood deprivation. When brain cells do not have continual access to oxygenated blood, they begin to die. Stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or an artery leading to it suffers a blockage, denies brain cells the oxygen and nutrients they need to live. Brain injuries can happen as well when blunt force makes contact with the skull and causes swelling or bruising of brain tissues.

    Loss of Neuron Communication

    The cells that make up the brain are called neurons. These types of cells carry signals within the brain that trigger the maintenance and performance of other systems. For instance, the neurons at the back of the brain help to translate retinal messages that facilitate vision. When brain cells die due to a traumatic injury, neurons can no longer send messages throughout the brain. Consequently, the ability to carry out certain bodily functions may be lost.

    Lobe Function Impairment

    Different areas of the brain are responsible for distinct functions. Where a traumatic brain injury occurs then can determine what disability results from it. If a person suffers brain injury to his temporal lobe, he may have trouble creating new memories. Should an individual experience trauma to the frontal lobe, he may no longer be able to speak.

    Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? If a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help. Call (805) 497-2727 or visit our website for information on the trauma services that we offer to individuals who reside in Thousand Oaks and the surrounding communities.

  • Can Certain Foods Prevent Cancer?

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    A healthy diet centered on the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables can aid health in a number of ways, including keeping weight under control and reducing type 2 diabetes risks. Did you know that many fruits and vegetables offer cancer-fighting benefits? Though wholesome eating habits make up just one component of cancer prevention, they can make a difference to your health. Health experts typically encourage the consumption of all fresh produce, but studies indicate that foods such as carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and strawberries can be particularly powerful in the fight against cancer. Each of these items contains high concentrations of antioxidants, which can reduce the chances the cellular free radical damage that can cause cancer.

    You can help prevent cancer, and Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help treat it. To schedule a consultation with one of the cancer care experts at our Thousand Oaks-based Cancer Center, call (805) 497-2727. You can also visit our website to read about the cancer treatment services that we provide.

  • Thousand Oaks Tea Raises Money for CLU Scholarships

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    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR Ginger Detterman (left) pours hot water for Barbara Warkentien at the “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April” table at Hats and High Tea on Sunday in Thousand Oaks.

    Tea in Tuscany

    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR “Tea in Tuscany” was a theme of one of the 21 decorated tables at the California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association Hats and High Tea scholarship and educational grant fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks

    Guests dining on tea, finger sandwiches and cake as a harpist performed at California Lutheran University raised money to provide student scholarships.

    Hats and High Tea, hosted by the Community Leaders Association, took place Sunday afternoon overlooking Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus.

    The association was founded in 1963 to stimulate community interest in the private university’s programs, and the money it raises goes toward scholarships and educational grants.

    More than a dozen tables, each with a different theme, were laid out with plates, cups and saucers, silverware and a centerpiece. Guests also decorated hats to fit the theme of the table.

    Deborah Sweeney, owner and CEO of MyCorporation and a CLU regent, was the event leader.

    “This is the first year we’ve done it on this campus, and I think it’s neat that a lot of people are seeing the campus for the first time with the thought of giving back to the students,” she said.

    The annual event typically raises $12,000 to $15,000, and Sweeney said she hopes to exceed that range this year.


    CARLOS CHAVEZ/SPECIAL TO THE STAR A centerpiece sits on the “Gypsies Tea Room” table at the Hats and High Tea fundraiser Sunday in Thousand Oaks.

    A business or organization sponsors each table, picks a theme and builds the table around that theme. Themes Sunday included “Peacock Paradise,” “Where the Buffalo Roam,” “Hunger Games,” “Gypsies Tea Room” and “Tiki Tea Table.”

    Joanne Pinner and fellow residents of the University Village senior-living community sat at the table for “ ‘A Christmas Story’ in April.”

    “University Village always buys a table each year to support them, and we have a lot of people at University Village who go over to Cal Lu and help with the students, and they come over and support us at different events,” Pinner said.

    Susie Lundeen-Smuck, vice chairwoman of the CLU Board of Regents, had a place at the “Gone With the Wind” table, which had life-size cardboard cutouts of Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

    She said she raided her children’s dress-up box to find a hat which she then decorated with a ribbon and flowers.

    “I am overwhelmed with the creativity. It’s so fun to look around,” the first-time guest said.

    Brooke Yasman, 17, came as a mermaid in a sequined costume studded with seashells she had made. She decorated her “Under the Sea” tea table with starfish-shaped plates and large glass tubes with fish.

    “I did bring real fish. I think it really brings the whole ‘Under the Sea’ theme together. We actually bought them so I guess I have a couple of new pets,” she said.

    Ann Hohimer helped decorate the “Victorian Lace and Roses” table for CLU alumni and the “Birds of a Feather Have Tea Together” table for Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

    “It was really fun to do it, and it’s such a fun event — just the camaraderie of everybody being together and seeing all the tables,” she said.

  • Do You Know How to Read Nutrition Facts?

    Nutrition labels offer a wealth of information on the contents of the food you eat. This video explains how to understand what nutrition labels are telling you.

    The top of a nutrition label provides the serving size, an essential piece of information. This number impacts all other data on the nutrition label, including calorie count. Below the serving size and calorie count, you can find the numbers for fat, cholesterol, and sugar content, which healthcare experts recommend eating in minimal quantities. Also look for the vitamin and mineral percentages listed at the bottom of the nutrition label.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help you foster healthy eating habits for your entire family. To sign up for our Health to You program, call our Thousand Oaks hospital today at (805) 497-2727. 

  • Are You Eating the Right Foods for Your Brain Health?

    When promoting the benefits of good nutrition, many people point to its positive impact on muscle mass, bone density, and weight. However, a healthy diet can be good for both the body and mind. Your brain health also depends on your intake of vitamins and minerals. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers wellness programs so that you can take control of your total health. The following information highlights the importance of eating brain-friendly foods.


    Why Brain Health Requires Wholesome Foods

    On a cellular level, your brain requires a variety of vitamins and minerals so that it can carry out its most basic functions, including membrane repair and waste removal. Yet your diet can enhance your brain health far beyond that of performing these fundamental operations. Neurological decline in part may stem from the presence of inflammatory agents. However, research indicates that good nutrition can lessen the dangers of brain function deterioration.

    What Can Happen Without Good Nutrition

    Neurological decline is a condition that can develop over many years, so the eating habits you have in place now can affect your cognitive function in the future. When you eat the right foods, you can ward off diseases such as dementia. You can also lower your risk of sudden medical emergencies, including stroke. A diet rich in sodium and cholesterol can lead to weakened and congested arteries. Should an artery suffer a rupture or blockage, it can cause stroke and brain death.

    How You Can Protect Your Brain Health

    Doing your part to reduce inflammatory damage, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol can go a long way to protect your brain health. Foods that are low in sodium and cholesterol yet high in antioxidants provide the best means to combat the conditions that can lead to neurological decline. To find these foods, look to your produce section. Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up a large portion of your daily diet. You can also take advantage of lean proteins and whole grains to create a balanced meal plan.

    Look to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for your nutrition needs. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system offers instant professional advice and guidance for all of your diet questions and concerns. You can also call (805) 497-2727 to find out more about our nutrition services.