Advancing Clinical Quality

Expert trauma care, neurosurgeons are ‘a blessing’ for teen

Ryan Gravelle looked like a casualty from a war movie when he knocked on friend’s door in the darkest hour before dawn. The 19-year-old’s face and forearms were bloody, his hair was matted with mud and blood. He was dazed and barely coherent. He had just walked half a mile from a car crash with a broken neck, multiple facial fractures, a huge gash on the back of his head and a potentially fatal hematoma swelling in his brain. 

International appointment for bariatric surgeon Kelvin Higa

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.

A decade of investments brings expert care closer to home

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.

Remarkable recovery after most of liver removed

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.

Capt. Pete Dern goes home

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.

Rescued hiker's story of 9-day ordeal in Sierra wilderness

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 earns top quality ratings again

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital was once again awarded a 3-star rating for open heart surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

Do you know the signs of a stroke? Think FAST.

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.

Advanced Cardiac Sonography Program first of its kind in U.S.

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. 

Triplets at Community Regional heard around the world

Dr. Steve Elliott, a neonatologist in Community Regional Medical Center’s Level 3 NICU talks about the multiple multiples – the five sets of triplets born at Community Regional (the fifth just days away from being born.)