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Dr. Kelvin Higa, medical director of Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Program, was recently elected President of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Dr. Higa specializes in difficult and challenging cases and is considered an expert on bariatric revision surgery.
Community Medical Centers has made bold investments during the last decade to ensure that Valley residents have access to the highest quality medical care and services close to home, on par with major metropolitan areas. That includes specialty treatment found nowhere else in the Valley. It means hospital and outpatient care that responds to the needs of a growing and diverse population, as well as preventive and educational services to remain proactive.
Members of the Fresno Fire Department, American Ambulance, and the Leon S. Peters Burn Center team at Community Regional Medical Center were honored at Fresno State’s football game against Nevada. They were recognized for their teamwork in rescuing Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern after he fell through the roof of a burning home earlier this year. Captain Dern was burned over 70 percent of his body and spent 165 days in the hospital before returning home.
Rick Hatton says he nearly died from stubbornness -- stubbornness which kept him from getting a routine colon screening at age 50 and from seeking medical attention when he started seeing the classic signs of colon cancer.
Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern made his way from Community Regional Medical Center amid an outpouring of appreciation and support from family, friends, and row and rows of firefighters. Dern was rushed to the Leon S. Peters Burn Center after he was injured falling through the roof of a burning house in March. Burned over 70 percent of his body, he spent 165 days at Community Regional. He thanked his care team, fellow firefighters, the community and nation for their support.
Miyuki Harwood, 62, knew the only way she would survive her fall from a mountain cliff was to get to water. So she crawled over two days – with broken bones in both legs and her back – toward the sound of a rushing creek.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital was once again awarded a 3-star rating for open heart surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
Local interior design company owner Kay Garabedian got lucky the evening a large clot lodged in her brain. Lucky her good friend and business partner was there and knew the signs of a stroke. Lucky she got to a hospital right away. And lucky that first hospital sent her to Community Regional Medical Center, which had the expertise and technology to remove the clot from her brain.
Anyone who knows Community Regional Medical Center’s Joy Guthrie PhD, ACS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT and assistant professor of medicine at UCSF-Fresno (Echocardiography), knows she’s a “go-getter”. So it won’t surprise most to know that she had a hand in creating a new program that’s a first of its kind in the nation – all based downtown at Community Regional.