Staff from National Cardiovascular Center in Japan visit LLUMC
From left: Moritomo Kosuke; Etsuyo Nozaki; Kuniaki Onishi; Leonard Bailey, MD, chief of surgery for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; Etsuko Tsuda, MD; Kanako Takehara; and Sharon Robie, administrative director of heart transplant, pose for a picture after the five staff members from the National Cardiovascular Center finished two weeks learning about heart disease at LLUMC.
From March 6 to 17, four nurses and one physician from the National Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, visited Loma Linda University Medical Center focusing on cardiac care, particularly cardiac surgery.
The center in Osaka has 600 beds and has been in operation since 1977. The team from the center was excited to learn more about heart transplant procedures. Five heart transplants at the center represent a very busy year for them.
“In Japan, transplant cases are so rare that it was exciting to see the process,” says Kuniaki Konishi, a staff nurse in the surgical ICU for the center.
Etsuyo Nozaki, a nurse from the heart failure and transplant ward at the center, was impressed with how Loma Linda University Medical Center staff each showed the team members their areas of responsibility proudly and joyfully, and that touched her.
“Each patient must be happy to be getting the care from such skilled and responsible staff,” says Ms. Nozaki.
The two weeks went by very quickly for the team. They say they wish they could have lengthened their stay to see more of the bedside care and the interaction between patients and nurses. But they felt they learned a lot in their short time here and truly appreciated the chance to see all that they did, including the ICU.
“The staff were very kind and friendly to all of us,” says Etsuko Tsuda, MD, a pediatric cardiologist.
By Preston Clarke Smith