Fresno is California’s fifth largest city and, with one of four people living below the poverty level, the U.S. Census Bureau ranks it as the state’s most impoverished large metropolitan areas. One of downtown Fresno’s most blighted areas is the so-called Lowell neighborhood around Community Regional Medical Center. Among those trying to revitalize the area is Stephen Walter, Community Medical Centers’ corporate chief financial officer.
Compared to other Californians, Valley residents have higher poverty rates, lack access to health insurance and medical providers, have higher rates of asthma and diabetes and don’t get their behavioral health needs adequately addressed. Those are some of the findings from research across four counties published in a “Community Needs Assessment” report by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.
The nursing director of Afghanistan’s first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) came to Community Regional Medical Center to learn from experts about how to improve care for his tiniest patients. And in turn he shared his experiences caring for fragile newborns with little access to technology.