Jim Christian has been involved with Terry’s House since its inception – with friend Jeff Kroeker he spearheaded efforts to build and fund the home away from home for families with critically ill or injured loved ones at Community Regional Medical Center. Now Jim and his wife Debbie have donated a piece of property worth $1.5 million to help seed an endowment for Terry’s House.
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.