the years Dameron Hospital has developed a comprehensive collection
of health care services. In addition to the full services of an acute
care general hospital, we also offer the close-knit atmosphere of
a community hospital. Some of our major health care service departments include:
Having a baby is an exciting event and we make every effort to make the experience
as relaxing and pleasant as possible. That pleasant experience begins early
with a special "Stork Tour" of our facilities for expectant parents.
A variety of classes are available to help prepare for the new arrival. We
encourage the father or primary support person to participate and we invite that
person to have a part in the labor and delivery process. Rooming-in for mom
and the new baby is available upon request.
It is the philosophy and objective of the Surgery Department to render quality
patient care. The department provides a facility that is well-equipped and
immediately available to meet the needs of the surgical patient. The following
specialties are emphasized:
Ear-Nose and Throat Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
When it's possible to do so without neglecting the welfare and safety of the scheduled
patient, priority is given to patients who need emergency
services. A skilled, competent and well-organized nursing staff is
provided to function as members of the surgical team. The Department
of Anesthesia is staffed by qualified Anesthesiologists to provide
a professional support system to the surgeon.
The Department of Rehabilitation Services, located in a newly remodeled, state-of-the-art facility located across the street at 420 West Acacia Street, helps our patients
achieve the greatest possible recovery of function. Our physical therapy
services offer a wide range of procedures and modalities utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. Our occupational therapy services assist
patients in regaining their full functional potential and independence in
self care and work skills as well as restoration of upper extremity strength,
coordination, range of motion, endurance and mobility. Our speech therapy
services provide evaluation and treatment programs for disorders of voice,
articulation, fluency and swallowing. Click here for a print brochure.
We also have a work-health program which focuses on prevention of
workplace injuries as well as physical rehabilitation of injured
workers. Our therapists also provide home health services for patients
who would benefit more from rehabilitation in a home environment. Click here for a print brochure.
The Rehabilitation Services now offers a Women's Continence Clinic, programs for bladder and pelvic floor health. Although incontinence affects millions of women, many women never receive treatment because they were embarrassed about discussing the problem with a physician. Click here for a print brochure.
Proper diagnosis is the first step toward health recovery. Dameron Hospital
uses state-of-the-art equipment and methods to make diagnosis as fast, accurate
and non-disruptive as possible. Dameron Hospital's Radiology department is
a full-service diagnostic imaging department which includes X-ray, Ultrasound,
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Nucear Medicine.
Dameron Hospital provides the most sophisticated diagnostic
imaging services available, which includes a Toshiba Aquilion 64 slice CT scanner and 3D workstation which reconstructs the images allowing the physicians to manipulate, measure and study the anatomy in any view or position they prefer. Orthopedic surgeons may use this prior to surgery to plan where to place screws, etc. Vascular surgeons may locate obstructed vessels and find healthy vessels to use for bypass. The more information we can provide the Physicians the better care we can provide our patients.
Also available as nonradiating diagnostic imaging is the Ultrasound
Department — specializing in, but not limited to, obstetrics, gynecology
and Vascular Studies. Services are available to inpatients and referred
outpatients including industrial.
The latest in portable X-ray imaging machines combine to reduce
radiation exposure to patients, thereby assuring the best possible
Other Dameron Hospital Departments specializing in diagnostic procedures
are Nuclear Medicine, Cardiopulmonary Laboratory/Respiratory Therapy,
Electrocardiography and Stress-testing.
The Food Service Department of Dameron Hospital wants to make your meals as
enjoyable as possible. Selective menus are provided for those on our regular
diet and for most modified diets. Menus to select from are sent with your
meal (usually breakfast) and are collected later that same day. Patients choose what they wish to eat the next day.
Food Service also provides a pediatric menu for children two through 18.
Our Food Service staff is available to help you with any special
needs. They visit during rounds and upon special
request. If your physician prescribes a special diet for you, the
Dietician will help you to understand it. If you must follow the
diet at home, the Dietician will give you information on what foods
to purchase and suggestions on how to prepare the proper foods. If
requested, a complete diet instruction can be provided if ordered
by your physician.
Outpatient nutrition counseling with a physician referral can be
scheduled. Special arrangements can be made with Nutrition Services
for a family member to enjoy a meal with the patient. Arrangements
should be made in advance by contacting the Food Service Department
or the nursing staff on the floor.
The cost of the tray is approximately $5.00, and must be made in
advance. The tray will be a selection from the day's regular menu
and will be delivered with the patient trays.
From the time a patient enters the hospital with suspected heart trouble or
other critical illness, state-of-the-art equipment and procedures are immediately
employed. If admission is necessary, patients are sent to the CVICU/Coronary
Care Unit where they are cared for by a specially trained staff.
Our Emergency Department offers service for both emergencies and urgent primary
care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An Emergency Physician is available
at all times. In addition, the department is staffed with highly qualified
nurses, who maintain certifications necessary to treat both the emergent and
non-emergent patient. Sophisticated monitoring equipment is available to aid
in the diagnosis and evaluation of victims of severe trauma, possible heart
attack, or other life threatening situations. The Emergency Department can
also provide treatment for minor, non-life threatening injuries and illnesses.
The Endoscopy Department serves both inpatients and outpatients of all ages;
handling procedures related to gastroenterology, pulmonology, transesophogeal
echocardiography, stress echogram and cardiology, IV therapy and blood transfusions.
Staffing level RN, LVN and technicians.
Dameron Hospital offers Medical Social Workers and Discharge Planners who are available to assist you and your family with any psychosocial and/or discharge planning needs which may arise as a result of your illness or disability. The Social Worker or Discharge Planner is available to help you obtain necessary equipment, financial assistance, in home care, home health services or transportation. The Social Workers or Discharge Planners can also assist you, your family and your physician in arranging for rehabilitation placements and long term care, should these services be beneficial to your recovery. Patients will be visited within one day of admission by a member of the Social Service Department. Social Services are available after hours and on weekends for your convenience.
The Dameron Hospital Pathology and Clinical Laboratories combine services to
provide comprehensive information to the patient and physician on your state
of health, diagnosis and/or treatment of the disease. Your hospital stay may
be preceded by a pre-surgical appointment for laboratory testing and followed
by additional tests on an outpatient basis. During your hospitalization, skilled
laboratorians (pathologists, medical technologists, phlebotomists and technicians)
continually assure the quality of testing information communicated to the providers
of your care.
The Outpatient Short Stay Surgery Center is located in the Dameron Hospital
Annex. Patients may reduce the cost of surgery by eliminating overnight hospitalization
without sacrificing quality medical care. The Alex and Faye Spanos Surgical
Pavilion features state of the art medical equipment, as well as a staff
that is highly trained in outpatient surgical care.
Dameron Hospital has a full staff of Diagnostic and Respiratory Care practitioners
that are part of the interdisciplinary patient care team. The Cardio-Pulmonary
Departments treat all types of patients, from premature infants, children and
adults with respiratory and heart disease. If required the department instruct
the patient for home therapy as prescribed by the physician. The Cardio-Pulmonary
Department also provides diagnostic services including Pulmonary Function Testing,
Echocardiograms and Stress Testing. For further information regarding Cardio-Pulmonary
services, ask your nurse or physician.
The Division of Neonatal Services provides 24-hour care for infants and families.
The Neonatal Division consists of 24 normal newborn beds and 16 Neonatal Intensive
Care beds. The Special Care Nursery provides family centered maternity care.
Dameron's Start of Life Center provides 24 hour, 7 days per week neonatology
coverage and maintains an active affiliation with the University of California
San Francisco Regional NICU and pediatric subspecialties.
The supply of blood for patients that is maintained in Dameron Hospital is
provided primarily from Delta Blood Bank. Since an adequate supply of blood
is vital for our patients, all individuals in the community are urged to donate
whenever they are able. Questions concerning blood donation, usage, and replacement
should be directed to Delta Blood Bank at (209) 943-3830.
National and state laws now require hospitals to also offer families
the option of donating a loved one’s organs and tissues. If
you are 18 years of age or older, the process begins with your decision
to become an organ and tissue donor, which is established by signing
a donor card. On the card you may specify and note whether you intend
to donate, which specific organs or tissues you intend to donate,
and the name of your next of kin. Your signature completes the donor
card requirements. For further information regarding organ and tissue
donation, contact the California Transplant Donor Network at (800)
You may request to be visited by a member of the clergy. If you specify a particular
minister, priest or rabbi in the area, we will gladly make arrangements for
If you need such assistance, please notify the receptionist at the Information Desk as you enter the Hospital. You should also notify your nurse if you have interpreter needs, the nurse will access the use of interpreters.
Life Line – an in-home, voice-to-voice, 24-hour communications system
offering security and a human link to those who are living alone or ill – is
available to discharged patients. With a touch of a call-button on the unit
or on a wearable pendant, the confined person can be in instant contact with
someone who can help in an emergency. For more information, contact our Social
Service Director at (209) 944-5550 ext. 3528.
Dameron Hospital Association
525 West Acacia Street, Stockton, CA 95203 Tel: 209.944.5550