Adventist Health Glendale | Healthline Quarterly | Winter 2019

Since our founding in 1905 as a sanitarium, we have remained committed to providing whole-person care physically, emo- tionally and spiritually. Today, Adventist Health Glendale has grown to become an award-winning 515-bed medical center, home to over 630 physicians who care for our patients. It is the strong collaboration between our physicians, nurses and asso- ciates that has resulted in recognitions like Glendale’s “Best Hospital,” by the Glendale News-Press survey. It is also our strong dedication to excel- lent patient care which has led to nationwide rankings from organizations like US News & World Report for “Best Hospital” and eight consecutive “A” grades from patient safety watchdog the Leapfrog Group. As a result, Adventist Health Glendale is home to physicians educated and trained at high-ranking schools in the United States. We are also growing and advancing our services in heart, neurosciences and stroke; comprehensive cancer services; general and specialty surgery; robotic surgery; orthopedics; urology; and gastroenterology so patients can receive exceptional care, close to home. It is our commitment that has allowed us to become the largest hospital in the San Fernando Valley. It is the same commitment that will take us from a community hospital to a destination medical center in Southern California. We are proud to introduce four physicians who have joined Adventist Health Glendale this year. They have extensive training in their special- ties to deliver the most advanced level of care to our community. For a referral to one of Adventist Health Glendale’s expert physicians, call 818-409-8100 . Jared D. Ament, MD, MPH Neurosurgery Dr. Ament is a fellowship-trained neurosur- geon who specializes in complex and mini- mally invasive brain and spine surgery. His expertise includes patients with spine deformities, brain and spine tumors, and facial pain. Dr. Ament uses the latest technol- ogies, including robotics and neuronavigation, a computer-assisted technology to navigate within the confines of the skull or vertebral column, to increase accuracy in sensitive areas and improve results. Dr. Ament is also a published expert in motion-preserving spine surgery using artificial disk replacement, a revolutionary technology that can avoid fusion surgery in the right patients. This approach relieves pain while still allowing movement of the spine. Artificial disk replacement, most commonly used for neck pain and lower back pain caused by degenerative disk disease, allows patients to recover more quickly and main- tain a more active lifestyle than the standard fusions. It also has the added benefit of better preserving the adjacent spinal segments in the long term. Dr. Ament completed his fellowship at Cedars-Sinai in complex and minimally inva- sive spine. He completed his residency at the University of California, Davis, and attended the Medical School for International Health, a collaborative program between Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Columbia University in New York. He also completed a master of public health degree at Harvard Univer- sity in Boston, with a special focus on cost- effectiveness and health care economics. Expert care, close to home Jared D. Ament, MD, refers to artificial disks which help patients with neck and back pain. 4 PROVIDERS